Syllabus A103/W16

A103 – ART APPRECIATION/VISUAL CULTURE
WINTER 2016

PDF: a103_syllabus_w16

TIME/LOCATION
time: M-TH 1:30-4pm
room: art3300
section: 1708

INSTRUCTOR: Amy Blount Lay, Adjunct Professor
 

CONTACT
email: layab@piercecollege.edu
voice mail: 818-710-4494 x5103
office hours: Tu & W 12-1pm

office location: ART3303g (Adjunct office)
class website: www.bunnieland.com

COURSE OBJECTIVE
This course is designed to introduce the visual arts through slide lecture and museum/gallery visits. The student will build an informed foundation for an individual understanding and enjoyment of art. The student will achieve a new and/or expanded awareness of the visual arts through theory, practice, history and social interaction. Museum visits are mandatory for this course. Additionally, students will be able to assess works of painting, sculpture, mixed media, performance, and architecture with regard to formal constructions, levels of quality, and meaning through visual analysis and critical approaches in written and/or hands-on projects.

REQUIRED MATERIALS
-Access to a computer or word processing device: all assignments must be typed. all quizzes are online.
-A notebook and folder for notes and handouts.
-2 Scantron forms: 882-E and #2 pencils for exams 

TEXTS
required
M. Lazarri, D. Schlesier, Exploring Art: A Global, Thematic Approach, 5th ed. (Cengage Wadsworth, 2015)
Textbook Companion website

optional
D. Hacker, A Writer’s Reference, 5th ed. (Boston, Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003) or later editions.
A Write’s Reference’s website: http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/hacker/writers ref/
 


Important Dates:

LAST DAY TO ADD CLASSES (On-line) January 6
LAST DAY TO ADD CLASSES (In person at Admission and Records with Instructors Add Permit) January 6
LAST DAY TO SUBMIT AUDIT CARDS January 6
LAST DAY TO DROP OR CHANGE CLASSES WITHOUT INCURRING FEES* January 6
LAST DAY TO CLAIM A REFUND OF ENROLLMENT FEES AND NON-RESIDENT TUITION* January 6  
LAST DAY TO DROP OR CHANGE CLASSES WITHOUT A GRADE OF “W”* January 6
LAST DAY TO DROP A CLASS  January 30

IN-CLASS ETIQUITTE
-keep up with the reading so you can participate in class discussions.

-cell phones and pagers MUST be turned off or in silent mode during class hours.

-texting during class is annoying and disrespectful and will not be tolerated during lecture.

-no food allowed in the lecture hall.
-distracting personal conversations will not be tolerated during lecture.

-questions and comments addressing lecture topics are encouraged and noted as class participation.

STUDY/COURSE COMMITTMENT
Expect to spend 4-6 hours a week studying.

ATTENDANCE
-Attendance is mandatory.
-There are no “excused” absences.
-Three (3) absences before January 14th may result in an exclusion/drop from the course without prior warning.
-It is always better to be late than not come to class at all.

EXAMS AND QUIZZES
-The quizzes, mid-term and final exams will draw from text, lecture and museum visits.

-There are no make-ups for missed quizzes or exams (no exceptions!)

-Petitioning to re-schedule a final or mid-term must be made in writing PRIOR to the exam date.

-No books, cell phones, pagers, electronic notepads, notebooks, laptops, date books, dictionaries or reference books will be allowed at desks in the lecture hall during exams. NO Exceptions!

-All exams and quizzes are a combination of multiple choice and true/false questions and/or short answer. 100 points total.

-There are NEVER grading curves. If you cannot show an understanding of at least 50% of the material you will fail (F) the test.
90-100 A, 80-89 B, 70-79 C, 60-69 D, 0-59 F

-All quizzes will be taken online and will be submitted directly from the test site to the instructor via email. You will have at least 24 hours to complete each quiz. Each quiz will be open book and open note. Failure to complete a quiz by the scheduled due date will result in a 0 for that quiz. Quizzes will be averaged into your overall quiz grade.

-Cheating and Plagiarism will NOT be tolerated! Students found to be guilty of these offences on any assignment, quiz or exam can be expelled from class and receive an “F” for the course. Additional disciplinary action may result. Please read the “Conduct Code for Students” in the “Pierce Schedule of Classes” for official Pierce policy on cheating and plagiarism.

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS
Writing assignments given in class and as homework are graded “Pass/Fail” and weighted 1=Pass, 0=Fail.

PASS: You display a good understanding of the skills and concepts in given assignment. The assignment is clearly written with minimal grammatical or spelling errors.

FAIL: You clearly do not display an understanding of the skills and concepts in given assignment. Your assignment is unacceptably sloppy.

ALL written assignments must be completed in a timely manner. All assignments must be typed. Late, poorly written or unclear assignments generally receive an “FAIL” grade. If you receive a “FAIL” for any assignment you will have one week or until the next class meeting, whichever comes first, to re-do the assignment.

There will be four written assignments, passing assignments are weighted as follows:
4/4=100%, 3/4=75%, 2/4=50%, 1/4=25%, 0/4=0%

FINAL GRADE
Written Assignments = 10%
Quizzes = 10%
Participation = 5%
Mid-term Exam= 25%
Final Exam= 50%

FIELD TRIP
There will be one (1) mandatory off-campus field trip for this class to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on January 14, 2016 from 1:30-4pm. We will meet at the museum. You must provide your own transportation. Carpooling will be encouraged.

EXTRA CREDIT
A variety of extra assignments are available. Each valued between 1 and 5pts. Earned extra credit will be added to your final exam grade. No more than 10 points are allowed for the entire semester. For ideas click here – extra credit . Note: extra credit is not “make-up” credit.

ONLINE RESOURCES
Additional information regarding assignments may be accessed through www.bunnieland.com, Professor Lay’s teaching website.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Students with temporary or permanent disabilities are provided a full range of services.  For information about test and note-taking assistance, tutoring, parking and specially adapted computers, contact Special Services. Voice: (818) 719-6430

Fax
(818) 710-4219

VP Number
(818) 436-0467; Email special_services@piercecollege.edu

If you require special accommodations that relate specifically to this class, please discuss your needs with Special Services as soon as possible and they will provide me with confidential information to assist you.

 

RESEARCH AND ASSISTANCE
A whole array of services from transfer information to health care to counseling to clubs is available at the Pierce College website.  You can also contact the Center for Academic Sucess, they offer numerous services and opportunities for students.

The new Library is located along the campus mall at the bottom of the stairs to your left.  In order to check out books, you’ll need a current Pierce student I.D. card.  Phone #s: circulation desk: 818-719-6409; reference desk: 818-719-2833; periodicals desk: 818-719-6410.  If I put materials on reserve for you in the library, they should be in the textbook reserve section, but ask first at the reference desk.

There are several computer labs on campus that are available for your use when they are not occupied by classes.  The closest is located in Art 3304. Look for hours posted on the door.

The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the syllabus as necessary.