Fall 2007 Syllabus

Syllabus for Art 112 - Non-Western Art
Kurt Madison - Instructor; Mon through Fri. 10:30 to 11:30 am [class will end at 11:20]

This class is an introduction to art around the world. The focus will be mainly on visual arts, although discussion and reference will be made to other creative fields, arts and activities. We will be surveying a range of art historical periods and styles from prehistory to contemporary styles, artworks and movements. The consideration of aesthetics as well as philosophies of art, design, art criticism and thought will be part of our discussion. We will also have hands-on art making projects in class.

It is the intention of the course to provide an introduction to arts and cultures outside of the Western Cultural tradition. The study will involve periods, cultural contexts and geographic locations around the world. Discussions of aesthetics, design principles and practical methods of art making and practices will also be part of our study. The student should finish with a sense of, and appreciation for the art world, artists, and the aesthetics inherent in our world cultures, contemporarily as well as historically.

Course Goals:

1] The development of an awareness of; and an appreciation for Non-Western Arts and the cultures they are based in through the study of their art history, as well as art methods, materials and techniques.

2] Development of a critical understanding of art and design as well as the perception and awareness to critically discuss art, artworks and the Arts.

3] To provide some personal experience of creative activity and expression.

4] To develop tools for finding and accessing art, arts information, art events and the Arts community. Research, computer and library skills will be enhanced.

Class Format:
The class will consist of discussions and dialogs in conjunction with slide lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on creative projects as well as student presentations, research projects, written papers and exams.

Writing format:
Please use margins of .7" or .8" on the top, bottom and for both sides. Use 1 1/2 line spacing and an 11 pt font. Make sure your font choice is easy to read.

Evaluation Structure:

Grading will be based on:
1] Participation in class discussion and dialogs, as well as attendance.
2] Effort made regarding in-class work, projects and assignments.
3] Quality writing, research, documentation, organization and presentation of assignments.
4] Timely completion of assignments and projects

The following is a tentative list of assignments and expectations, the specific details and totals may change during the quarter. Exams must be taken on the scheduled date and will include a combination of slide identifications, short answer and multiple choice questions. There will also be take home essays.

Class attendance: 4 pts per class [Late or leave early: 1/2 pts] 220pts
Small assignments: 10 pts each, approximately 20
These will mainly be class assignments, turned in the day they are assigned. Quality work and effort will be noted ~200 pts
Exhibition visit: 50 pts x 1 see assignment sheet 50 pts
Quarter Project: 400 pts x 1 see assignment sheet 400 pts
Mid-term Exam and Comprehensive Final Exam format:
Slide identification: 10 pts each x 10 100 pts
Compare and contrast essay: 30 pts x 1 30 pts
Vocabulary and short answers: 10 pts each x 10 100 pts
Multiple choice: 5 pts each x 20 100 pts
True/false: 2 pts each x 20 40 pts
Total for an exam 370 pts
Exams: 400 pts x 2 740 pts
Take home essays: 25 pts each x 4 100 pts

Approximate total pts for Quarter 1740 pts

Grades: Total points will be converted to a percentage, and then applied to a grade point scale. [i.e.: 98 -100% is a 4.0; 90% is a 3.5; 80% is a 3.0; 70% is a 2.0; 50%

Fall 2007 Sllybus