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Spring 2014

Honors Art Appreciation (Arts 1301-60)

Professor Julia C. Fischer

Department of Art, College of Fine Arts and Communication, Lamar University Classroom: Dishman 101 Class Time: Tuesday/Thursday 2:20-3:40 Ofce: Dishman 202A Ofce Hours: Tuesdays 11-1 and by appointment Virtual Ofce Hours By Appointment: via Skype (username: julia.c.scher) Email: julia.scher@lamar.edu Voicemail: 409-880-7784 (the best way to contact me is via email) Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/FischerArtHist Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FischerArtHistory Course Description and Student Learning Outcomes Arts 1303 is a general introduction to art and aesthetics and their role in human life and culture. The course Includes discussion and analysis of architecture, sculpture, painting, ceramics, drawing, printmaking, photography, design, and other art forms from various historical periods and world cultures. Because this is an Honors course, the course will include plenty of discussion, debate, online participation/discussion, and papers. Specically, in this course, students will: Develop an appreciation and understanding of art. Be able to answer the questions of What is art? and What is art for? Acquire a working knowledge of the specialized vocabulary used in art history Become familiar with key works of art, their artists, styles, materials, and working methods as well as their link to historical and religious events Enhance your visual literacy and critical thinking skills Learn about the relevance of art history today through an examination of current issues through readings, lectures, debates, assignments, and videos Required Readings on the Course Website (scherarthistory.com) There is no required textbook for this course but there are required readings. All of the readings can be found on Professor Fischers website. The readings are listed under the class schedule and all readings should be completed before that lecture. Readings should be completed prior to class. Useful Websites for Study SmartHistory: http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/ Glossaries: http://smarthistory.org/glossary.html or http://www.artlex.com/ Art History Resources on the Web: http://arthistoryresources.net/ARTHLinks.html Google Art Project: http://www.googleartproject.com/ Blackboard This course has a Blackboard component which can be accessed through your https://my.wip.lamar.edu/ account. You can nd essential materials such as the syllabus, handouts, powerpoints, and announcements on Blackboard. Any changes to the schedule will be announced in class or via email: you are
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responsible for checking your Lamar email account and Blackboard on a regular basis. Twitter and Facebook This course also has Twitter and Facebook pages. Both are public and therefore you do not need to have a Twitter or Facebook account in order to view the content of this page though you can like the pages so they show up in your updates and feeds. Twitter and Facebook will be used for updates on whats going on in the art world today. Course Requirements The nal grade for this course will be based on FIVE weighted evaluations: 1.) ! Exams (2): 20% 2.) ! Assignments (12): 30% 3.) ! Debates (2): 10% 4.) ! Attendance and Participation: 10% 5.) ! Short Papers (2): 30%! The grading scale I employ is a traditional 100% system: A = 90-100%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69%, F = 59% and below." I will not respond to emails asking me what your current grade is so keep track of it yourself. Two exams will be given in this course, a midterm and a nal (exam dates are listed in the class schedule as well as under Important Dates). Study guides will be posted on Blackboard. The exams are not cumulative. That is, each exam only covers the information from that particular unit. However, be aware that in this eld the student is building up a comprehensive set of ideas that must be brought to bear on any given exam. Thus concepts and vocabulary will be in use and tested throughout the semester. Exams will consist of some or all of the following: short answers, essays, matching terms, slide identications, and slide comparisons. There will be no make-up exams unless an extremely unusual circumstance prevents you from taking the test (i.e. medical emergency or death in the family)and even then only if you have contacted me before the test and can provide appropriate documentation. If you are granted and excused an absence for the exam (due to serious illness, for example, or a family emergency), it is your responsibility to request and make an appointment for a make-up exam. Students who miss an exam without being excused will receive a zero. Assignments are worth 30% of your total grade; throughout the semester there are 12 assignments total. They will be graded as !+ (exceptional or 100), ! (satisfactory or 87), and !- (adequate or 75). Please see the assignment handout on Blackboard for an explanation of each assignment and its requirements. During the semester, you will participate in two debates (the dates are listed below in Important Dates and in the course schedule). These debates concentrate on current debates in the art world, such as restoration, repatriation, and censorship. For each debate, there will be two panels (FOR and AGAINST); each panel will have 2-3 students. See the debate handout for further instructions.

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30% of your grade is devoted to two Short Papers. Each paper must be 2-3 pages in length (doublespaced, 1 margins, 12 point font). The rst paper is a Visual Analysis of a work of art from Google Art Project. The second paper is a Research Paper which will examine more closely the work of art from you Visual Analysis. Further instructions will be uploaded on Blackboard and discussed in class. Finally, 10% of your grade is devoted to your Attendance and Participation. Active participation is expected. Come to class ready and willing to discuss your assignments and to share them with the rest of the class. In addition, attendance will be taken during every lecture. This course has a strict attendance policy and you are only allowed four absences throughout the semester. Please be advised that if you miss more than four classes, you will get a 0 for attendance and attendance, which will drop you a letter grade at the end of the semester. Please do not email me your excuse for missing class - you have four free absences throughout the semester. You should use them only when absolutely necessary, i.e. an emergency or when you are ill. Please do not email me asking me how many classes you have missed as I will not tally this until the end of the semester. Keep track of it yourself! IMPORTANT DATES Midterm Exam: March 6 Final Exam: April 31 Short Paper #1 (Visual Analysis): February 27 Short Paper #2 (Research Paper): April 15 Debate #1: January 23 (To Save or Not to Save) Debate #2: February 4 (To Return or Not to Return) Debate #3: February 11 (To Restore or Not to Restore) Debate #4: April 29 (To Censor or Not to Censor) Last day to drop or withdraw from the course WITHOUT academic penalty: Friday February 14 Last day to drop or withdraw from the course WITH academic penalty:Thursday March 27 CLASS ETIQUETTE AND DECORUM You are expected to arrive on time and not disturb those around you with private chatter, doing work for other classes, answering cell phone calls, texting, or playing games. No eating or drinking in the classrooms. All cell phones must be turned completely off when you enter the classroom. Students who participate in disruptive and inappropriate behaviors will be asked to leave the class. If you intend to take notes on your laptop, please respect the decorum of the classroom by not working on other assignments or playing games, updating your facebook status, etc. This is disrespectful not only to the professor but especially to those around you who are engaged in the class. Falling asleep, surng the internet, disrupting class, and disrespectful behavior towards the class or the instructor will negatively affect your nal grade. LAPTOP USAGE Students may use laptops in class for taking notes ONLY. Wireless connections are prohibited during class time and any student discovered to be using a laptop for any purpose other than note taking will: 1- be asked to leave class that day; 2- not be allowed to use his/her laptop for the rest of the term.

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ACADEMIC HONESTY All students are expected to familiarize themselves with all university policies pertaining to academic performance and conduct. As stated in the Lamar Student Handbook, all students should maintain complete honesty and integrity in their academic experiences. In this course, disciplinary action will be brought against any student found guilty of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating on an examination or other academic work to be submitted, plagiarism, collusion, and the abuse of resource materials. Cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and the abuse of resource materials are dened on page 82 of the Student Handbook. In addition, by University policy, a student cannot avoid any penalty for cheating set forth by the instructor in a course syllabus by dropping the course. Procedures for disciplinary action due to academic dishonesty shall be the same as in other violations of the Student Code of Conduct (see Student Handbook) except that all academic dishonesty cases shall rst be considered and reviewed by the faculty member. The process of appeal is located in the Student Handbook available online. The course instructor will complete a thorough and impartial investigation of any instance of academic dishonesty. A student found guilty of academic dishonesty will be notied in writing by the instructor of the violation, the penalty, and the students right to appeal the determination of dishonesty and/or the sanction imposed. Penalties for academic dishonesty in this course will result in either a lowered letter grade or failure of the course as determined by the instructor. Any occurrences of cheating and/or plagiarism will be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES The Ofce of Services for Students with Disabilities (SFSWD) offers a variety of services designed to provide students with disabilities (SWD) equal access to academic services. Some of the services include academic adjustments, physical access, assistive technology, priority registration, sign language interpreters, and note-takers. Documentation of disability is required to receive accommodations/ academic adjustments/services. Persons with disabilities should notify the coordinator of SFSWD prior to registration in any university program. A meeting with the person and Coordinator will be arranged in order to assign appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments or services. The ofce of SFSWD is located in 101A of the Wimberly Building. Students also may write to P.O. Box 10087, Beaumont, Texas 77710, e-mail tra-hancf@hal.lamar.edu or call 880-8347. CAMPUS EMERGENCY PROCEDURES Students are encouraged to review emergency procedures for events such as severe weather, violence, active shooter, re or chemical release at: http://www.lamar.edu/_les/documents/about-lu/administration/risk-management/SAFPLNAug06.pdf CAMPUS CLOSURE (ACADEMIC CONTINUITY PLAN) In the event of campus closure and evacuation due to a hurricane or other disaster, this course will continue in an online format until campus reopens. After four days of closure (for evacuation and relocation), please login to the courses page on Blackboard for class instructions. Lamar will communicate through Blackboard, your ofcial Lamar email address, and the university webpage (www.Lamar.edu). These efforts will allow you to complete the course and semester on time. IMPORTANT: An impending graduation date or scholarship which requires the maintenance of a particular GPA, or the GPA requirement for admission to an academic program of study will not earn you a passing grade in this course.! While it does seem to be the trend nowadays, there will be no negotiation of changing a nal grade you will meet with no success.! I do not give grades your grade will be evaluated
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solely on the scores you earn on your exams and assignments.! While I am happy to meet with you to help you nd ways to improve your scores, do not wait until the end of term to contact me as this will almost certainly be too late. If you believe I have made a mistake in my calculations, please contact me, and I will be happy to review your grade.!!!! This syllabus is an agreement between the professor and student to respectively provide and complete a worthy learning experience.! By remaining a registered student in this course, the student has identied their understanding of the obligations set forth in this syllabus for satisfactory completion of the course.! Class Schedule

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Topic (In Black) Debates (In Green) Papers and Exams (In Blue) Assignments Due (In Red) Introduction to the Course What is Art? What is Art? What is an Artist? What is Art History?

Required Readings: scherarthistory.com and Barnet

1/14 1/16

Website: Read the introduction and all the entries for The Basics Barnet Ch. 1-2 pp. 1-45

1/20

Assignment #1 Due at 11:59 PM

Upload assignment to Dropbox on Blackboard: To Save or Not To Save Website: Read the introduction and all the entries for The Basics Barnet Ch. 3 pp. 46-68

1/21

Deciphering Art: The Visual Analysis

1/23

Debate #1: To Save or Not to Save Art Museums and Exhibitions

Website: Read the introductions and all the entries for Museums and Exhibitions Barnet Ch. 6 and 7 pp. 149-174

1/27

Assignment #2 Due at 11:59 PM

Upload assignment to Dropbox on Blackboard: Exhibition Review

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DATE Topic (In Black) Debates (In Green) Papers and Exams (In Blue) Assignments Due (In Red) Who Owns Art? Required Readings: scherarthistory.com and Barnet Website: Read the introduction and all the entries for Who Owns Art Website: Read the introduction and all the entries for Art Theft Upload assignment to Dropbox on Blackboard: To Return or Not to Return Website: Read the introductions and all the entries for Destruction of Art and Restoration of Art Website: Read the introduction and all the entries for Fakes, Forgeries, and Misattributions Barnet Ch. 14 pp. 336-342 2/10 Assignment #4 Due at 11:59 PM Upload assignment to Dropbox on Blackboard: To Restore or Not to Restore

1/28

1/30

Art and Theft

2/3

Assignment #3 Due at 11:59 PM

2/4

Debate #2: To Return or Not to Return The Destruction and Restoration of Art

2/6

Fakes, Forgeries, and Misattributions

2/11

Debate #3: To Restore or Not to Restore Screening: The Rape of Europa

2/13 2/17

Screening: The Rape of Europa Assignment #5 Due at 11:59 PM Upload assignment to Dropbox on Blackboard: Reaction to The Rape of Europa Website: Read the introduction and all the entries under Sacred Architecture

2/18

Art and Religion: Sacred Architecture in Antiquity

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DATE Topic (In Black) Debates (In Green) Papers and Exams (In Blue) Assignments Due (In Red) Art and Religion: The Christian Basilica Required Readings: scherarthistory.com and Barnet Website: Read the introduction and all the entries under Sacred Architecture Barnet Ch. 8 pp. 175-185 2/24 Assignment #6 Due at 11:59 PM Upload assignment to Dropbox on Blackboard: Comparison Essay Website: Read the introduction and all the entries under Sacred Imagery Barnet Ch. 12 pp. 265-298 2/27 SHORT PAPER #1 DUE: VISUAL ANALYSIS Sacred Imagery: The Renaissance and Baroque 3/3 Assignment #7 Due at 11:59 PM Upload assignment to Dropbox on Blackboard: Recreate Your Visual Analysis Website: Read the introduction and all the entries under Sacred Imagery

2/20

2/25

Sacred Imagery: Antiquity through the Middle Ages

3/4 3/6 3/103/14 3/18

Catch-Up Exam Review MIDTERM EXAM SPRING BREAK: NO CLASS Art and Classical Mythology Website: Read the introduction and all the entries under Classical Mythology Website: Read the introduction and all the entries under Politics

3/20

Art and Politics

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DATE Topic (In Black) Debates (In Green) Papers and Exams (In Blue) Assignments Due (In Red) Assignment #8 Due at 11:59 PM Required Readings: scherarthistory.com and Barnet Upload assignment to Dropbox on Blackboard: Virtual Museum Visit Website: Read the introduction and all the entries under War Website: Read the introduction and all the entries under Death Website: Read the introduction and all the entries under Commemoration

3/24

3/25

Art and War

3/27

Art and Death

4/1

Art and Commemoration

4/3 4/7

Screening: My Kid Could Paint That Assignment #9 Due at 11:59 PM Upload assignment to Dropbox on Blackboard: My Kid Could Paint That Website: Read the introduction and all the entries under Everyday and Imagination Website: Read the introduction and all the entries under Nude Upload assignment to Dropbox on Blackboard: The Nude Website: Read the introduction and all the entries under Nature Website: Read the introduction and all the entries under Urban Planning

4/8

Art and the Everyday/ Art and Imagination

4/10

Art and the Nude

4/14 4/15

Assignment #10 Due at 11:59 PM SHORT PAPER #2 DUE: RESEARCH PAPER Art and Nature

4/17

Art and Urban Planning

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DATE Topic (In Black) Debates (In Green) Papers and Exams (In Blue) Assignments Due (In Red) Assignment #11 Due at 11:59 PM Required Readings: scherarthistory.com and Barnet Upload assignment to Dropbox on Blackboard: Research Paper Presentation Website: Read the introduction and all the entries under Domestic Architecture Website: Read the introduction and all the entries under Challenging Tradition Upload assignment to Dropbox on Blackboard: To Censor or Not to Censor

4/21

4/22

Art and the Home

4/24

Art and Challenging Tradition

4/28

Assignment #12 Due at 11:59 PM

4/29

DEBATE #4: TO CENSOR OR NOT TO CENSOR Catch-Up Exam Review

4/31

FINAL EXAM

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