Art 6: Art Appreciation
Spring Online 2006
Please read all of this Syllabus carefully and completely!


Professor Jane Edberg

Contact Information:

Office: Art 104  Art Department


I do not use this email for the 
Spring Online session.


Please use "Messages" for all communications:

You will be communicating with me using the online ETUDES Art 6 Art Appreciation class messaging system. When you are logged in you can use the left hand side menu and click on "Messages". 
Check your "Messages" regularly!

Date: January 23rd - May 26th, 2006
Last day of class is on a Friday, May 26th, at 5:00 p.m.
Description: An on-line illustrated lecture course that surveys and introduces the visual arts from historical to contemporary times, and teaches students the basic concepts of seeing and appreciating art.
Required Textbook: "The Art of Seeing" 6th edition, by Paul Zelanski and Mary Pat Fisher, published by Prentice Hall. 
Available at the
Gavilan College Bookstore , you can also order this book online.
Details about your online class: This class is completely online. You will never have to come to class, although you may come to the Gavilan College Library and get help from the reference librarian. You can be in class at any time of the day or night, from any Internet connection you have available: your own, your friend's, or your local public library. 

However, this does not mean that you will be able to move through the class at your own speed. A major part of the class involves class participation, discussing assignments and problems with your classmates. This means that everyone needs to be doing the same assignments at approximately the same time. Check assignments and schedule for specific due dates.

This also does not mean that your instructor lives on the computer and will answer all your questions within 20 minutes. Remember, in a traditional classroom, you had to wait until the next class meeting to get answers. The first week I check in every day. The remaining weeks I will check in Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Course Requirements and Grades:

Go to the left hand side menu and click on "Assignments", "Tests", and "Forums" for more details and due dates.

The "Schedule Overview" and "Weekly Sessions" are located in the "Classroom".


Assignments, Forums, & Tests
A=4pts, B=3pts, C=2pts, D=1pt, F=0

A  is for excellence, work is turned in on time with an evident attempt of doing the assignment very well. The work shows evidence of intellectual investigation and effort. Followed instructions and directions. Presentation is neat and well executed.

 grades mean good, solid work, even outstanding at times and certainly above average. Not as strong as A work, but close.

is average and adequate. Fills the requirement but lacks the effort and quality.

D / F 
of course are substandard.  

Total Points for Final Grade:   

29-32 =A
28 =A-  
27 =B+   
24-26 =B
23 =B-
22 =C+
16 - 21 =C

15 =C-    
14 =D+
8 - 13 =D
7 =D-
0 - 6 =F

For details, go to the left hand side menu and click on "Assignments". 

Each assignment is handed in by copying and pasting your submission (text document) from your word processing program into the typing field (box) located within each assignment area. Hit the submission button when you are done pasting your assignment into the field box.

Each assignment is worth 4 points.

Getting Started Assignment
Art Research Essay

Artwork Review
Art Facility Review
Art Related Project 

For details, go to the left hand side menu and click on "Forums", then click on "Journals", or "Discussions".

Journal Entries (1-18) & Discussion Questions (1-18) are combined: total 36 entries

Grade per number of satisfactory entries:
33-36=A (4 points)
29-32=B (3 points)
25-28=C (2 points)
21-24=D (1 point)
0-20=F (0 points)

Each online chapter will have a required Journal Entry and Discussion Question. 
You will read the question and respond by replying with your opinions and ideas in the "Forums". (G
o to the left hand side menu and click on "Forums", then click on "Journals", or "Discussions".
You will also be required to read through the postings of your classmates and respond to at least one for each chapter. Each of your weekly journal and discussion entries must be completed by the end of the week before Sunday, 5:00 p.m., with the exception of finals week,  which is due the last day of class, Friday, before 5:00 p.m.

TESTS (2):
For details, go to the left hand side menu and click on "Tests".

Each test is taken and handed in through the individual test site.

Midterm Test: chapters 1-8   4 points  
Final Test: chapters 9-16   4 points                


Through the ETUDES program I can check and track your participation in the class. I also look to see how engaged you are with the journals and discussions. 

Online Behavior:

Please be courteous and patient.

For an informative guide, visit Arlene Rinaldi's 
Netiquette Home Page.

A Few Netiquette Tips:

- Avoid writing e-mail messages or replying in forums using all caps. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE SHOUTING!

- Remember that anything you write in a forum or type into a message is a public comment. You never know who's reading it, or who may copy it or spread it around.

- When replying to a forum stick to the topic. Don't indiscriminately post unrelated comments. 

What is flaming? Sometimes you might offend someone unintentionally. This might result in an angry message. This is called being flamed. Flaming is not allowed! Do not attack back, you will spark a flame war. Forward the message to me.

- Behave as if you are face to face in a real classroom. Use common sense and common courtesy.

Late work will not be accepted with the acception of a medical or personal emergency. Instructor must be notified immediately.

Special needs  
Please inform me at the beginning of the course. See below for Special Services offered at Gavilan College.

WARNING: COMPUTER PROBLEMS? Unfortunately, computer problems are not an acceptable excuse for not completing or turning in your work or your tests. Give yourself plenty of time to take the tests. Be sure not to leave your assignments to the last minute.
If you have a computer problem, go to another computer (ask a family member or friend, go to a library, college, or cyber cafe that allows you internet access.
) The
Gavilan College Library has internet accessible computers for your use.

Student Honesty Policy:  
Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations such as cheating and plagiarism will result in disciplinary action which may include recommendation for dismissal.

Cheating will result in failing and could result in expulsion from the college.

includes, but is not limited to:

1.Copying, in part or in whole, from anotherís test or other evaluation instrument or obtaining answers from another person during the test without instructorís approval.

2.Submitting work previously presented in another course, if contrary to the written rules of the course. 

3.Using or consulting, during an examination, sources or materials not specifically authorized by the instructor.

4.Intentionally altering, changing, misusing documents or records. Knowingly furnishing false information or generally interfering with grading procedures or instruction of a class.

5.Sitting for an examination by a surrogate or as a surrogate.

Plagiarism will result in failing and could result in expulsion from the college.

We are currently using an internet plagiarism prevention system which is a special internet browser that scans students written work for plagiarism. 

Plagiarism is the act of incorporating the ideas, words, sentences, paragraphs, or parts thereof, or the specific substance of anotherís work without giving appropriate credit, and representing the product as oneís own work. Representing anotherís artistic/scholarly works such as music compositions, writings, computer programs, photographs, paintings, drawings, scriptures, or similar works as oneís own.  



At the conclusion of the course the student should be able to:

1.         Compare and contrast cultural and historical developments and the influences of various art forms.

2.         Be able to identify media, stylistic characteristics, influences, and artistic concerns of major artists and/or cultures.

3.         Be able to recognize and discuss the iconography of specified works of art, as well as the iconography of popular works of art during different historical periods and from different geographical and cultural areas.

4.         Be able to identify philosophical movements, religious concepts, historical figures, events and places and discuss their relationship to works of art.

5.         Be able to compare two or more works of art on the basis of style, using correct terminology, both verbally and in writing.

6.         Be able to attribute selected unknown works of art to an artist, culture country and or style, giving the reasons for attribution.

7.         Be able to respond to works of art on both intellectual and emotional levels. The student will be capable of critiquing such works both verbally and in writing, basing the critique comments on artistic and aesthetic language learned in class.

8.         Understand basic materials, methods and equipment used in   making art.   

9.         Recognize cross-cultural influences in both historical and contemporary art forms.

10.       Differentiate and discriminate the differences and similarities in  form, function and style of various artistic traditions.

Tech Support:  If you have technical problems (logging in, or maneuvering around the website), Gavilan Library will be holding several orientation sessions at the beginning of the semester. Check their schedule for a time that will be convenient. You can also reach the technical support desk at (408) 848 4885 or email Jo Anne Howell at 

Special Services - ADA Accommodation:  Students requiring special services or arrangements because of hearing, visual, or other disability should contact their instructor, Counselor, or the Disabled Student Services Office in the south wing of the library, at (408) 848-4865.

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Last updated: January 18, 2006

If you have questions or comments please message your instructor using the Etudes Art 6 online class message system.  When you are logged into Etudes click on "Messages" on the left hand side of your screen.

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