ART 1910, Spring 2010, Sec. 601 Online


Robert D. Quinn, Ph.D.,, 205 Erwin, (252)328-5182, Office hours: Virtual, see course calendar or by appointment. On-campus, T/TH, 9:30-11:30am.


Required Text: A World of Art, with CD-ROM (5th Edition), Paperback, by Henry M. Sayre, ISBN# 0132221861, Prentice Hall. Available online at Also available at the Campus Bookstore (click on link at bottom of the resulting website). Textbook’s companion website will be helpful.


Course Description

From catalog: 1910. Art Appreciation (3) (F,S,SS) (GE:FA) For General College student. P: Non-art major. Visual experience to enhance student's understanding and enjoyment of art.

My description: Aim- To grasp the interconnectedness of art, aesthetics, and culture. Goal- To study culture and the role art plays in it, and vice versa, through an investigation of the wide range of aesthetic stances that enable us to make meaning in everyday visual communication. Objectives- 1. Students will evaluate their judgment of art by making informed decisions about artistic expressions they are presented with on a daily basis and by supporting those decisions with valid reasons. This will occur through formal critiques, which involve students’ discussion and are intended to assist in meeting the oral communication competencies required by the university.  2. Students will synthesize their experience of the range of artworks around them with the context in which those works were created by conducting inquiry into artistic traditions from various cultures. 3. Students will examine various forms of art by engaging in active involvement with art making processes to discover the ways that the process of art production allows personal construction of meaning.


Course Format

                  As an online course, we will utilize several methods of distance learning. Primarily, this course will rely on “read and discuss” techniques, by which you will apply concepts from the text to relevant issues of visual art. Discussion will occur asyncronously (anytime, anyplace) through the Discussion Board of our course website on BlackBoard. Our course text is accompanied by a CD-ROM and a rich website that you might find helpful for supplementary resources.

In addition, I utilize synchronous (same-time) technologies to conduct virtual office hours using AOL network’s Instant Messenger software (AIM) that will allow you to meet with your peers and me in a chat room type of online environment. I encourage you to visit with me online as often as possible by participating in these sessions. My IM screenname is rqartman. If you ever see me on AIM at any other time, you may feel free to initiate a chat with me, if needed. Mac users can join me via iChat.

I will require you to write two (2) papers this semester that address forms of art that you will select from a list of topics. The papers will provide the means by which you will synthesize your understanding of the selected art forms with the concepts we will discuss throughout the semester. In tandem with the two papers, you will be working with two (2) visual art making processes. These opportunities for hands-on art experience will be low-stress and straightforward, requiring little “artistic talent” and simple, easily accessible materials to complete successfully.

Some students might find the Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) of interest for accessing software, including Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office. The first time you connect you will be prompted (and required) to install a web plug-in.  Once the plug-in has been installed you will have to reboot (this is a one time install).  The VCL is powered by the Citrix platform, and is accessible from both Windows and Macs in both Internet Explorer and Firefox. To access this tool, follow these steps:

1.                Go to

2.                Click on Connect to VCL link at right of page

3.                Login with your PirateID credentials

4.                Click anywhere on gray square that reads: Option 2

5.                Login with your PirateID credentials once more

6.                Select the software icon that you wish to use.


Evaluation Policies

                  Coursework in this class will be comprised of readings, postings, an artwork, a paper, quizzes, and exams. Students are to pay attention to due dates for all assignments, as most participation is self-directed. The following brief descriptions of the different elements of the course are provided as an introduction. More detailed information will be given as the semester progresses.

                  Readings: Each student is responsible for keeping up with his or her assigned textbook readings. All other coursework will revolve around the issues raised in the text. Additionally, students are to read any supplementary readings that may be assigned occasionally throughout the semester.

                  Postings: A posting is a reflection, thought, or question that contributes significantly to an ongoing asynchronous (anytime, anyplace) discussion in the course. Students will be required to make at least two (2) postings to the threaded discussions for each forum. For every forum, I will provide an initial post, which will be a thought-provoking question that is based on the selected reading. One of your two posts should be your original response to my question. The other post should be in response to one of your peers’ responses. Any postings you wish to make above and beyond the required two are certainly welcomed. Students who make quality posts above and beyond the required two posts will be rewarded with one (1) extra credit point for each instance. These points will be applied to the postings portion of the semester average, and could be the difference between an “A” and a “B” for your semester average.                

Paper/Artwork: Each student will create two works of visual art during the semester. These artworks will be created in the specified manner and posted to the course BlackBoard website by the assigned due date. In tandem with the artworks, students will research a corresponding art form as assigned and compile this research into a written paper assignment. The paper must be at least 1 page in length, and typed using a 12-point serif font (e.g., Times New Roman), please. You must use at least three sources beyond our course textbook. Make sure to cite these sources accurately in the citation system (e.g., APA, MLA) of your choice. All written work will be submitted to the course BlackBoard website as an attachment to a Discussion Board Forum posting, as instructed near the end of the semester. Microsoft Word documents (.doc/.docx) are preferred; however, Apple’s Pages (.pages) and Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf) formatting is acceptable.              

Quizzes: Once you complete your reading of each chapter, you must take the online quiz. Each chapter’s timed quiz contains a variety of multiple-choice questions. You will receive immediate feedback on these quizzes; therefore, they will provide helpful assistance as you study for the two exams. The quizzes will be available for you to take whenever you are ready. They will usually contain 15 questions, and will need to be completed within 25 minutes. You will be penalized one (1) point for every one-minute period that you go over the time limit.

Exams: There will be an online midterm exam (covering chapters 1-11) and an online final exam (covering chapters 12-22) for this course. Both timed exams will be comprised of a variety of multiple-choice questions regarding covered content. The exams will be available for a period of time that spans 36 hours, but you will only be allowed to have 75 minutes to complete the 40-50 questions included. It is your responsibility to ensure that you will have a stable computer with a reliable Internet connection (wireless is NOT reliable) while you take your test. If such a workstation doesn’t exist at your home, you must make arrangements to find one, perhaps at one of the university computer labs. You will be penalized one (1) point for every one-minute period that you go over the time limit.


*The policy addressing Academic Integrity, including both a definition of violations and a description of procedures followed in the case of alleged violations may be found in the Faculty Manual, Part IV.


Class assignments will be graded on a ten-point scale: A=100-90, B=89-80, C=79-70, D=69-60, F=59 and below. Each ten-point scale is delineated into a +/- partition (e.g., A+: 100-98, A: 97-94, A-: 93-91).


Grades will be assigned for the categories above according to the following percentages:

Participation, BlackBoard Activity, and Postings




Paper/Artwork 1


Paper/Artwork 2









*Work submitted late will automatically have two (2) points deducted each calendar day it is late.


Course Guidelines

  1. Use good “netiquette” such as:
    1. Check the discussion frequently and respond appropriately and on subject.
    2. Focus on one subject per message
    3. Capitalize words only to highlight a point or for titles – Capitalizing otherwise is generally viewed as SHOUTING!
    4. Be professional and careful with your online interaction. Avoid using profanity, and watch grammar. “Flaming” (the act of posting messages that are deliberately hostile and insulting) will not be tolerated.
    5. Cite all quotes, references, and sources.
    6. When posting a long message, it is generally considered courteous to warn readers at the beginning of the message that it is a lengthy post.
    7. It is considered extremely rude to forward someone else’s messages without their permission.
    8. It is fine to use humor, but use it carefully. The absence of face-to-face cues can cause humor to be misinterpreted as criticism or flaming. Feel free to use emoticons such as J or ;) or write clues about your intention behind the message (e.g., “HAHA!” or “J/K”) to let others know that you’re being humorous.

i.         Students should "listen" to others respectfully

j.         Online learning is devoid of physical cues that often support communication; students should strive to utilize language that is thoughtful, respectful, and collegial when communicating with fellow students

k.       Sometimes students may disagree with one another, which is perfectly acceptable; strive to critique ideas in a respectful and constructive manner, not criticize an individual

l.         Direct comments to fellow students, rather than to the professor

m.    Try to understand other people's behavior and perspectives rather than simply criticizing them

n.       Avoid stereotypes and humor that are disparaging of others

o.       Intervene politely if someone is being disrespectful or unfair to others

    1. Use language, spelling and grammar that is appropriate to an educational setting; do not use slang or Internet shorthand, and remember to proofread work prior to posting it for the class to read.
  1. When e-mailing the instructor, please ensure that your e-mail contains the following information:

a.       Include your name in the signature

b.       Reference the lesson

c.       Reference the specific part of the lesson

d.       Describe your difficulty


Downtime Contingency Plan

                  As with any technology, Blackboard and other Internet based teaching tools have the potential for technical problems.  We like to think this technology will be available to you all semester.  To prepare for course downtime or a performance issue that makes the system speed unusable, I encourage you to:


Class activities that may be affected by course downtime and your responsibilities:


In the event that we do experience Internet based course downtime, you can expect me to make every effort to contact you first via your preferred (e.g., non-ecu) e-mail address, and second (if necessary) via phone contact at your preferred phone number. You will supply me with your preferred e-mail address at the beginning of the semester. It is your responsibility to ensure that your phone number is updated with me, if it has changed from the phone number listed at OneStop.


Course Expectations

As a student in this course, you have a right to expect:

Š          a complete syllabus with clearly stated assignments, due dates, course objectives, and a fair grading policy

Š          prompt (within 6 hours) e-mail reply from the hours of 9 am to 7 pm, M-F. Emails received any other time during the week will be answered within 12 hours of receipt. If you do not receive an email reply from me within the timeframe outlined here, it is because I didn’t receive it. Please resend your email.

Š          complete contact information for the professor

Š          a course that begins and ends within the time allotted for the semester

Š          opportunities to discuss the course, and related topics, with the professor outside of class

Š          the opportunity to have drafts of papers/assignments reviewed by the professor if submitted well in advance of the due date

Š          the return of papers/assignments within two weeks provided they were turned in on time

Š          reevaluation of any work that a student thinks may have been graded unfairly

Š          assistance in locating supporting materials to complete papers/assignments


As the instructor for this course, I have the right to expect that students will:

Š          prepare for each instructional module by reading all required assignments

Š          actively participate in online discussions serving as both student and teacher

Š          ask for clarification or assistance when needed

Š          share any concerns about the course in a timely manner

Š          turn in assignments on time

Š          inform me about any extenuating circumstances affecting course participation before they happen

Š          observe codes of academic honesty in the completion of all course work

Š          understand online learning moves quickly and requires self-discipline; students will actively participate in the discussion online for the same amount of time each week that he/she would normally spend in the classroom for a 3-hour course

Š          spend an adequate amount of time preparing for course discussions; it is estimated for a lower-level undergraduate course such as this that prep time will be at least the same amount of time as in-class time. Therefore, for this online course students should expect to spend 6 hours per week just on this course – 3 hours preparing and 3 hours in quizzes/discussion.


ADA Notification

Americans with Disabilities Act: East Carolina University seeks to fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Students requesting accommodations based on a covered disability must go to the Department for Disability Support Services in Slay 138. Their phone number is 252-737-1016.


Course Calendar (This is a suggested schedule. Forum work and quiz work may be done at your own pace. The paper/artwork, midterm, and final exam deadlines are firm.) *ALL TIMES ARE ET




By Fri., Jan. 8

Read/print syllabus, get text, become familiar with course website

Email your preferred off-campus (non-ECU) email address to me

Thurs., Jan. 14


Chat using AIM

Virtual Office Hours


By Fri., Jan. 15

SYLLABUS QUIZ DUE, Discussion Board Forum 1

Wed., Jan. 20

Chat using AIM

Virtual Office Hours


By Fri., Jan. 22

Read Chap. 1, Take Quiz 1, Read Chap. 2, Take Quiz 2

Wed., Jan. 27

Chat using AIM

Virtual Office Hours


By Fri., Jan. 29

Read Chap. 3, Take Quiz 3, Read Chap. 4, Take Quiz 4

Wed., Feb. 3

Chat using AIM

Virtual Office Hours


By Fri., Feb. 5

Read Chap. 5, Take Quiz 5, Read Chap. 6, Take Quiz 6, Discussion Board Forum 2

Thurs., Feb. 11

Chat using AIM

Virtual Office Hours


By Fri., Feb. 12

Read Chap. 7, Take Quiz 7, Read Chap. 8, Take Quiz 8

Thurs., Feb. 18

Chat using AIM

Virtual Office Hours


By Fri., Feb. 19

Read Chap. 9, Take Quiz 9, Read Chap. 10, Take Quiz 10

Wed., Feb. 24

Chat using AIM

Virtual Office Hours


By Fri., Feb. 26

Read Chap. 11, Take Quiz 11, Read Chap. 12, Take Quiz 12, Discussion Board Forum 3

Wed., Mar. 3

Chat using AIM

Virtual Office Hours


By Fri., Mar. 5


Available Thurs., Mar. 4, 5pm - Fri., Mar. 5, 11:55pm

Wed., Mar. 10

Chat using AIM

Virtual Office Hours


By Fri., Mar. 12

Read Chap. 13, Take Quiz 13, Read Chap. 14, Take Quiz 14

Thurs., Mar. 16

Chat using AIM

Virtual Office Hours


By Fri., Mar. 19


Thurs., Mar. 23

Chat using AIM

Virtual Office Hours


By Fri., Mar. 26

Read Chap. 15, Take Quiz 15, Read Chap. 16, Take Quiz 16, Discussion Board Forum 4

Tues., Mar. 30

Chat using AIM

Virtual Office Hours


By Fri., Apr. 2

Read Chap. 17, Take Quiz 17, Read Chap. 18, Take Quiz 18

Mon., Apr. 5

Chat using AIM

Virtual Office Hours


By Fri., Apr. 9

Read Chap. 19, Take Quiz 19, Read Chap. 20, Take Quiz 20,

Mon., Apr. 12

Chat using AIM

Virtual Office Hours


By Fri., Apr. 16

Read Chap. 21, Take Quiz 21, Read Chap. 22, Take Quiz 22, Discussion Board Forum 5

Wed., Apr. 21

Chat using AIM

Virtual Office Hours


Fri., Apr. 23


By Fri., Apr. 30


ALL POSTS DUE, FINAL EXAM Available Thurs., Apr. 29, 5pm- Fri., Apr. 30, 11:55pm