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Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391


17 / SPRG2 - Late Spring 8-week Session

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Course Syllabus
17 / SPRG2 - Late Spring 8-week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: ARTS 105
Course Title: Art Appreciation
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Mon 
Additional Notes:

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.


Catalog Description

Introduction to the place of visual art in modern society, to the vocabulary used in discussing a work of art, and to a few of the studio techniques artists use to produce two- and three- dimensional art works. G.E.


Prebles' Artforms 11th edition
Author: Patrick Frank (Pearson)
ISBN: 9780205968114

Course Objectives

· To examine art from the viewpoint of the artist, the culture and the viewer.
· To explore the formal characteristics of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art.
· To examine the various media that artists use to express their concepts.
· To develop a vocabulary of artistic terms that can be utilized when discussing works of art.

Additional Instructor Objectives

·To look at A LOT of art!

Measurable Learning Outcomes

· Analyze the form of a work of art, including ability to identify and describe artistic media, visual elements and the formal design elements.
· Analyze the content of a work of art, including style, conceptual and philosophical concerns, cultural and artistic influences and aesthetics.
· Identify the visual elements of line, space, light and color.
· Explain and describe the methods for using space and time in visual art.
· Explain and describe how visual elements are organized within a composition.
· Identify 2-dimensional art media including printmaking, drawing, painting, photography and graphic design.
· Identify 3-dimensional techniques and media, including sculpture and ceramics.

Instructional Methods

The course material will be presented through Powerpoint slide lectures, videos, class activities and discussions, independent investigation and reflection through homework assignments and gallery walks on campus and downtown if time and weather allow.
To start, I will introduce you to general terms and concepts so that we all start out with the same knowledge base. To develop a vocabulary about artmaking, we'll cover the Elements of Art & Principles of Design. We'll also go through the process of looking closely at artworks and analyzing them in an effort to find meaning, if any!  We'll move on to the various media areas (like sculpture, painting, etc.), and then I'll introduce you to some specific artists from the past and the present who have changed artmaking for all time. Many of these artists you'll already know-like Vincent Van Gogh, but others will be new to you. Lastly, we'll move into contemporary artworks and talk about important 20th and 21st century art movements: modernist & postmodernist architecture, Pop art, conceptual art, and earthworks.
In this course, it is expected that all students are active participants in their learning, and participate in all class activities and discussion. It always amazes me that everyone claims to know nothing about art, yet everyone uses the web, goes to movies, watches Youtube videos, and has a phone to access the outside world! These are all sources of our shared culture and this is exactly where art comes from. You know more than you think you do!
The key to success is keeping up and being present in class. There are eight classes, so attendance and being present, in mind and body, are important. And attendance is part of your grade.

Out of Class Activities

·There is a Museum/Gallery walk response paper that will be done outside of class.

Graded Activities

Four Exams260 Points
Description -

Each worth 65 points each. Multiple choice, matching and true/false questions.

Creative activity15 Points
Description -

Practicing what you learn about the elements of art and principles of design during a relaxed creative activity. (I'll bring the materials).

Method of Evaluation -
  • presence in class.
  • participation in exercise.
  • completion of exercise.
Critical Analysis40 Points
Description -

Work with a partner in class to study a work of art and present it to the class. You'll discuss formal composition and possible meanings of the artwork.

Method of Evaluation -

Completion of activity; successful presentation to the rest of the class.

Gallery walk paper40 Points
Description -

Visit, in person, a museum or gallery that is in Columbia or nearby. Select an artwork that you respond to and write a response paper.

Method of Evaluation -

Successful completion of selecting, identifying, discussing formal qualities and meaning of an artwork that you view in person.

Description -

I'll select 12 videos for you to view. Select your personal favorites and write response paragraphs of each (using conceptual art parameters for viewing art).

Method of Evaluation -

Successful discussion/viewing of videos; timely submission.


Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Introduction to Course; General Terms & Concepts
  • Introduction to course
  • We'll introduce ourselves
  • Look at Syllabus and go over goals for this course
  • LECTURE: General Terms & Concepts
  • ACTIVITY & DISCUSSION: What is art? Bring your fully charged cell phone: you're going to need it in this group activity where we solicit responses from friends and family members then discuss this important question as a class.
  • Exam Review for our first exam (given during Week Two).
  • Practice quiz (to familiarize you with my test style)

The reading assignment is the document I'll upload: General Terms and Concepts.


  • What is art? in class discussion.

    Week 2
    • EXAM #1 (beginning of class).
    • LECTURE: Elements of art: line, color, value etc.
    • Go to Gallery and put new knowledge into practice.
    • Assign and discuss Museum/Gallery Walk paper due later in the term.

    Please read pages 36-67.


    Exam #1 tonight at the beginning of class.

    Week 3
    • LECTURE: Principles of Design
    • LECTUREFORMAL ANALYSIS: Analyzing artworks for content & meaning.
    • ACTIVITY: Go to Gallery; talk about what we see
    • EXAM REVIEW (for Exam 2)

    Please read pages 68 - 95.


    ASSIGNED: You will be assigned a description paper to complete over the week; due at the beginning of class during Week Five.

    Week 4
    • EXAM 2 (at the beginning of class).
    • LECTURE: Art media; we’ll start with drawing, sculpture and painting.
    • Take a walk outside & look at the sculpture on campus.
    • Work in groups on Formal Analysis exercise.

    Weather permitting: Walk downtown (lots of public sculpture there too).


    Please read pages 96 - 127 and pages 188 -205; 465 - 467.


  • We'll set up in groups, select artworks, and work on formal analysis of these works; to be presented to the class during Week 5.

  • Examinations:

  • EXAM 2 tonight at the beginning of class.

    Week 5
    • LECTURE: on important painting styles. We’ll cover Impressionism and talk about 3 Modern Masters: Van Gogh, Picasso, & Jackson Pollock.
    • Present Formal Analysis Group Work.
    • EXAM REVIEW for 3rd test.


    • Read page 100 & 398 (on Van Gogh).
    • Read pages 376 - 391.
    • Read 400 - 405; page 421. (Guernica)
    • Read pages 433 - 437.



  • Groups will present their findings on formal analysis for the class.

    Week 6
    • EXAM 3 (first of the hour)
    • LECTURE: POP ART: Andy Warhol; and Conceptual Art in the 20th & 21st centuries.
    • Look at Art21 video shorts.
    • Demonstration: silkscreen


    • Please read pages 411 - 415.
    • Read pages 444 - 459.
    • Read pages 471 - 484.

    Video assignment homework assigned tonight. In this homework, I will assign you a group of videos to review at home. These videos cover the last 40 years and go from early classics to contemporary productions. You'll select several and write a response to each; (due: Monday of Week Seven).

    Week 7
    • LECTURE: Modernist & Postmodernist architecture.
    • LECTURE: the medium, Photography.
    • Art21 video shorts. (or film on Frank Lloyd Wright)
    • Discussion on homework you're turning in this week. (Video Assignment).
    • EXAM REVIEW for 4th test.


    • Please read 419 - 420; 438 - 439, 462 - 464.
    • Read pages 406 (Stieglitz); 468.
    Week 8
    • LECTURE: Earthworks, conceptual art genre.
    • EXAM #4.



  • Please read pages 452 -454 (earthworks & site specific work).

  • Examinations:

    We'll take Exam 4 tonight (the last exam in this course).


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    Course Policies and Procedures


    Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled. Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause. If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.

    Campus Policy - Regular attendance is expected of all students. Attendance is one of the most important measures of your interest and desire to do well academically. Your attendance helps your instructor facilitate better discussions and your fellow students benefit from your ideas and experiences.

    Unforeseen circumstances occasionally dictate that you must miss class; please make every effort to discuss such circumstances with your instructor before the absence. Remember that if you are not in class, you are absent - regardless of the reasons - and that you are still responsible for all in-class assignments made. Your instructor is not responsible for providing this information to you - you must plan ahead with another student who would agree to share notes, etc., with you and vice versa.

    Academic Integrity

    Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort. Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions. Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty. Possible penalties for these activities are discussed in detail in the AHE Degree Completion Catalog.

    Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

    Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning. Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the college community or which is deemed detrimental to the college's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom. Examples of misconduct and possible disciplinary actions are described in the AHE Degree Completion Catalog.

    Cancelled Class Make-Up

    Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.

    Campus Policy - Information about class cancellations due to inclement weather will be available at 875-SHUT (875-7488). Class cancellation information will also be broadcast over local radio and television stations. Students may also check the college website,

    If a class is cancelled due to weather or any other reason a make up night will be scheduled.   The typical make up night will be scheduled for a Friday night.   Watch your CougarMail concerning the class make up schedule.

    Make-Up Examinations

    Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control. Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

    Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in  102 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session.  Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

    Adding, Dropping or Withdrawing from a Course

    Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session. Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy. An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form. A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal. The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded. The AHE Degree Completion Catalog contains details concerning drop/withdrawal and financial liability.

    Withdrawal Excused

    Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director. The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled. The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests. A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session. See the AHE Degree Completion Catalog for details.


    Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session. An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements. If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work. Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date. Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education. If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned. If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.

    Grade Appeal

    Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures. The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy. The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations. If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the Director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education. A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.


    Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the AHE Degree Completion Catalog course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


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    Use of Cougarmail

    Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff. Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their email account on a regular basis. Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

    Cell Phones

    Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process. Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods. Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

    Course Textbooks

    Columbia College Policy - The textbooks listed on this syllabus are required for this course. They are guaranteed to be available through the authorized textbook suppliers designated by Columbia College. The college is not responsible for the academic or financial consequences of late textbook orders or incorrect editions not purchased from a college-authorized vendor.


    Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights are described in detail in the AHE Degree Completion Catalog.

    Student Accessibility Resources

    Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.

    Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

    Columbia College Policy - The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 Amendments requires that Columbia College provide a copy of its Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy to each student, faculty and staff member on an annual basis. Please read the copy of our policy below. You may also find a copy of the policy on the Columbia College website at

    Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy

    Purpose: Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment. Therefore, all members of the college community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.

    Scope: This policy applies to all members of the college community.

    Policy on Alcohol and Controlled and/or Illicit Substances

    - Columbia College prohibits the manufacture, possession, use, distribution and sale of alcohol and controlled and/or illicit substances by Columbia College students and employees, regardless of age, on college-owned property and at college-sponsored or supervised events or activities.

    - Public intoxication on campus property is expressly prohibited. Those conditions considered to indicate intoxication include but are not limited to affected manner or disposition, speech, muscular movements, general appearance or behavior as apparent to the observer.

    - Containers that contain alcohol as well as empty alcohol containers are prohibited on campus and in the residence halls. Possession of empty alcohol containers will be regarded as a violation of this policy.

    - Campus displays or advertisements that support or promote alcohol or drug use, possession, manufacture or distribution are prohibited.

    - Behavior resulting from intoxication or the illegal use of controlled or illicit drugs will incur disciplinary action.

    - Possession of drug paraphernalia and misuse of prescription drugs will be regarded as violations of this policy.

    - Alcohol and other controlled and/or illicit substances possessed or consumed in violation of this policy are subject to confiscation. The president retains the authority to make exceptions to this policy with regard to alcohol, including granting permission to serve alcoholic beverages at college functions where meals are served. Requests for exceptions to the policy must be submitted to the president in writing prior to the event and will be considered on an individual basis. Notification of the president's decision will be made in writing to the person(s) making the request.

    It is the responsibility of students, faculty and staff to know and uphold the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy. In accordance, students and employees must be held accountable for their personal behavior. Excessive use, manufacture, possession or distribution of alcohol and/or controlled or illicit substances and the associated behavioral problems will be the basis for disciplinary action. Columbia College has made the decision to notify parents/guardians of students under the age of twenty-one (21) who have been found responsible for violating the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy by the campus judicial system following a final determination.

    Representatives of the college will cooperate with outside authorities in their efforts to enforce existing laws regarding alcohol and/or controlled or illicit substances.

    Standards of Conduct: Violations of Columbia College rules and regulations pertaining to alcohol and/or controlled or illicit substances can result in disciplinary a tion up to and including dismissal for students and termination for employees. Additionally, in conjunction with or in lieu of the imposition of any disciplinary sanctions, students and employees may also be referred to appropriate local, state or federal law enforcement agencies for arrest and prosecution and/or be required to complete an appropriate treatment or rehabilitation program. In accordance with the mandates of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, and as a condition of employment at Columbia College, all employees (including student employees) must notify their supervisor of any criminal drug statute condition for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five (5) days after such a conviction. Employees undergoing treatment for alcohol or drug abuse must meet all standards of conduct and job performance.

    Legal Sanctions: Any Columbia College student or employee found possessing, manufacturing or distributing controlled and/or illicit substances or unlawfully possessing or attempting to possess alcohol or driving a motor vehicle while under the influence is violating local, state and federal laws. It is unlawful under state law to purchase or otherwise provide alcohol to a minor. Federal law prohibits, among other things, the manufacturing, distributing, selling and possession of controlled substances as outlined in 21 United States Code, Sections 801 through 971. Depending on the amount, first offense maximum penalties for trafficking marijuana ranged from up to five (5) years' imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000 to imprisonment for life and a fine of $4 million. Depending on the amount, first offense maximum penalties for trafficking other controlled substances (e.g., methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, cocaine base, PCP, LSD, fentanyl and fentanyl analogue) range from five (5) years to life imprisonment and fines range from $2 million to $4 million. First offense penalties and sanctions for the illegal possession of small amounts of controlled substances, ncluding marijuana, ranged from up to one (1) year in prison or a fine of at least $1,000. Penalties are more severe for subsequent offenses. In addition to these provisions, a student is ineligible for federal student aid if convicted, under federal or state law, of any offense involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance (generally meaning illegal drugs, not to include alcohol or tobacco).

    Medical Amnesty: Medical amnesty encourages students to seek medical attention for themselves or a fellow student suffering from an alcohol or other drug overdose or medical emergency. This policy encourages students to call for medical assistance by removing the threat of campus judicial repercussions. However, the student in need will still participate in mandated substance abuse education and treatment services. These health protection strategies will not shield students from disciplinary action when other rules or codes of conduct have been violated. Students will still be subject to legal consequences for violating other codes of conduct and state or federal laws.

    Health Risks: Alcohol and other drugs are associated with many health risks. The use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs may have negative effects on one's school or work performance and personal relationships. Some common health risks are addiction; damage to liver, heart and to a developing fetus; accidents as a result of impaired judgment; and unwanted sexual activity that could result in sexual assault or sexually transmitted infections.

    For more information about the health risks associated with particular types of drugs and alcohol, please visit


    Division of Student Affairs - (573) 875-7400

    Human Resources (for Employee Assistance Program information) - (573) 875-7495

    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Referral Hotline - (800) 454-8966

    Narcotics Anonymous - (800) 945-4673,

    Alcoholics Anonymous -

    Phoenix Programs -

    Tobacco-Free Policy

    Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Additional information may be found at


    Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.


    This policy applies to all members of the College community on College premises, including, but not limited to, students, employees, third parties and visitors.


    The use and/or consumption of all tobacco products is prohibited on all College properties, premises, facilities, in College vehicles, and in personal vehicles while on College property. For purposes of this policy, this prohibition includes, but is not limited to:

         - Traditional tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco; and

         - Electronic smoking devices, which includes any product containing or delivering tobacco and/or nicotine or any other substance intended for consumption that can be used by a person in any manner for the purpose of inhaling vapor or aerosol. This includes any such device, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pip, e-hookah or vape pen, or under any other product name.

    Additionally, no tobacco-related advertising or sponsorship shall be permitted on College property or premises, at College-sponsored events, or in publications produced by the College, with the exception of advertising in a newspaper or magazine that is not produced by the College and that is lawfully sold, bought or distributed on College property. For the purposes of this policy, "tobacco-related" applies to the use of a tobacco brand or corporate  name, trademark, logo, symbol, motto or selling message.

    No tobacco products, tobacco-related products or tobacco paraphernalia shall be sold or distributed on College property or premises.

    Because the College is tobacco free, signs prohibiting smoking and the use of tobacco products are posted at many points of entry to the College and at building entrances as reminders to members of the College community. No ashtrays shall be provided at any College location.

    Smoking cessation assistance and resources will be made available to assist and encourage individuals who wish to quit smoking and/or using tobacco.

    Questions or inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the College's Human Resources Office via phone at 573-875-7495 or via email at


    This policy is a community health initiative and therefore, the entire College community bears responsibility for implementing and enforcing this policy.  There may be instances when outside third parties, contractors, vendors, guests, visitors, etc. on College premises subject to this policy may be unaware of this policy.  In these situations, a violation of this policy should be reported as soon as possible to the Campus Safety Department or the College department responsible for the outside third party, contractor, vendor, guest, visitor, etc. being present on College premises.

    College students and employees are responsible for compliance with this policy.

    In the event a student violates this policy, a report should made as soon as possible to the Office for Student Conduct in the Office of Student Affairs or the Campus Safety Department.

    In the event a College employee violates this policy, a report should be made as soon as possible to the Human Resources Department or the Campus Safety Department.

    Consequences for violating this policy include, but are not limited to, removal from campus, and student and employee discipline, up to and including dismissal or termination.


    Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

    Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.


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