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Northern Virginia Community College Woodbridge

Quantico Lifelong Learning Education Center

Art Appreciation, Fall 2011


understanding and appreciating art in the context of human needs and world cultures

No Pre-requisites. QME-0002. ART 100 (050W) T 5:30 10:00 p.m. Class Format: Power Point lectures

Instructor: Mr. Edward Purcell; epurcell@nvcc.edu, 703 967 0958 Office Hours: Tuesday evenings 5:00 5:30 p.m. and other times by appointment. Text: Exploring Art: A Global Thematic Approach, by Margaret Lazzari and Dona Schlesier, 3rd edition
COMPANION WEBSITE: http://academic.cengage.com. Click on Humanities and Social Sciences, then Arts and Humanities, then Art Appreciation. Find the Lazzari text, then go to the Student Companion site. Lecture topics will coincide with chapter readings and assignments.

Assignments: In lieu of TESTS and FINAL EXAM, each week a homework project will be assigned to be completed by the following class. There will also be a field report required. Grading: Class grade will be based on: Six (6) homework assignments 10% each = 60% + Field Report (Paper) 20% + Class Participation 20% = 100% Grade point scale 90 100 = A, 80 89 = B, 70 79 = C, 60 69 = D. All assignments must be completed by October 18 to receive points toward your final grade. Attendance: The class only meets EIGHT (8) times and each session focuses on unique material. Any absence must be explained and justified to the instructor. Field Report/Paper: Two (2) pages typed (double spaced) due by Tuesday, October 19. The report may be submitted in hard or electronic copy. Each student will also deliver an oral summation of their paper, documenting and discussing their visit to an art gallery, museum, exhibition, auction, demonstration or sale. The instructor will work with you to identify a topic. Attach a photograph of yourself at the event or include a brochure or admission ticket. In your OWN words no papers off of the internet! No plagiarism! Because of semester grading deadlines any anticipated late submission of work must be cleared with the instructor! Class Etiquette: Please do not leave class unless it is an emergency. Please be considerate of your fellow classmates and instructor. Academic Integrity: Students are expected to follow Information Technology Student/Patron Ethics Agreement as posted in computer areas and academic integrity standards as set down in the student handbook. Additional Notes:
Fire/Emergency Evacuation Procedures: In case of an emergency, please follow the emergency procedure as discussed on the first day of class and as posted in the classroom. NVCC is a place for learning and growing. You should feel safe and comfortable anywhere on this campus. In order to meet this objective, you should: (a) let your instructor, his supervisor, the Dean of Students or Provost know if any unsafe, unwelcome or uncomfortable situation arises that interferes with the learning process; (b) inform the instructor within the first two weeks of classes if you have special needs or a disability that may affect your performance in this class. Students with disabilities may be eligible for accommodations in their classes. If you are a student with a disability you may wish to contact a Counselor for Disability Services to discuss possible accommodations

Class Schedule and Topics


August 23 PART 1 What is Art Chapter 1 A Human Phenomenon Chapter 2 The Language of Art and Architecture August 30 Chapter 3 Media Chapter 4 Deriving Meaning September 6 Chapter 5 Who Makes Art Chapter 6 What Do We Do With Art September 13 PART 2 Why Do We Make Art Section 1 Survival and Beyond Chapter 7 Food and Shelter Chapter 8 Reproduction and Sexuality September 20 Section 2 Religion Chapter 9 Deities and Places of Worship Chapter 10 Mortality and Immortality September 27 Section 3 The State Chapter 11 Power, Politics and Glory Chapter 12 Social Protest/Affirmation October 4 Section 4 Self and Society Chapter 13 The Body Chapter 14 Race, Gender, Clan and Class Chapter 15 Nature, Knowledge and Technology October 11 October 18 Columbus Day NO CLASS Chapter 16 Entertainment and Visual Culture Class Presentations

Tips for Success in Art Appreciation


Treat your class like a job. If you are late for work or absent too frequently, you would be fired. Attendance in class is as important. Prioritize school. You have a busy life, juggling family life, job, recreation and friendships. Put school as close to the top of your list as possible. Think of it as a long term investment in your future. Make sure your family and friends realize this so they wont expect you to pick them up from the airport or take a vacation during school time. Be prepared to read A LOT! If English is your second language and/or you are not reading at a high level, you may find yourself at a disadvantage and will need to work harder to compensate. Also, you will be calling upon visual memory. FLASH CARDS CAN REALLY HELP! If you have always hated school, or felt un-rewarded or discouraged in school, look into NOVAs resources for improving your study skills. Take a pro-active approach. Talk to your instructor, form a study group, evaluate your past commitment to studying, rethink your goals, or, look into other paths for success in your life. DONT RELY ON EXTRA CREDIT or having your grade bumped up at the end of the semester. The bottom line is that you have to master the material covered in the course. If you have health problems or addiction problems, please seek help.