A. COURSE DESCRIPTION
Prerequisite: Open to Grade
This course enables
students to develop an appreciation for their cultural and historical
heritage. Humanities includes the study of beliefs, thoughts, and
traditions of humankind as reflected in history, philosophy, religion,
dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. This half of the semester
will focus on the study of the history of the visual arts and theater.
The study of these subjects
promotes an understanding of the connection among the arts and their
historical and cultural context. Students will develop an
understanding of the arts and the creative process from a historical
perspective, as well as gain an understanding from the
interrelationships between experiences and emotions shared by all
peoples, and recognize the arts as valuable contributions to
humankind. A variety of activities are blended to provide a connection
among periods, styles, and cultures. Successful completion of this
class is a requirement for graduation.
B. METHOD OF INSTRUCTION
The method of instruction
in this course is primarily lecture, however there are several ways
students will be involved as active learners in this class. When
studio projects are involved, demonstrations may be given. Students
will be required to use a computer to participate in humanities
web-log activities and forum discussions. Studio projects will be
assigned and may last for several class periods depending on the
complexity of the assignment. Students will also be involved
in research activities, presentations, and analysis of various
humanities related topics during the semester.
C. COURSE OBJECTIVES
By the end of this course
students should be able to:
Objective 1 –
Understand fundamental concepts
and terms associated with two and three dimensional art, and analyze
how the elements and principles are used used by artists to compose a
Objective 2 - Have gained an
overview of the development of Western Art and Theater from ancient to
Be able to identify with confidence the representative
period of an art work or drama through an analysis of style,
technique, and subject matter.
Possess a deepened understanding of the values and
aspirations of different periods mirrored in the arts.
between the different theatrical genres, recognize key terms
associated with theater and differentiate between elements used in
Objective 6 - Students will
performance-based competency in technology.
D. COURSE TOPICS/UNITS
The Media of the Arts: What Artists Use to Express “Reality”
- Two Dimensional Art:
Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, and Photography
The Styles of The Arts: How Artists Portray “Reality”
- Artistic Styles in the
Emerging Modern World c. 1400 to c. 1800
- Artistry in an Age of
- The Arts in a Modern,
Postmodern, and Pluralistic World 1900 to the Present
E. TEXTBOOK(S) AND
REQUIRED TOOLS OR SUPPLIES
Through the Arts, Dennis Sporre.
Supplies and/or tools:
- 3 ring notebook with
paper (for taking notes/quizzes/sketches)
- Pencil, pen
- Highlighter (for
highlighting important vocabulary terms/concepts)
F. GRADING PLAN
- The grading scale that
will be used each school year to report student progress for
Nicholas County High School is as follows:
- A = 100-90
- B = 89-80
- C = 79-70
- D = 69-60
- F = Below 60
- I = Incomplete
- The weighting of course
Homework/Class Assessments: 35%
Tests & Quizzes: 15%
Mid-Term Exam: 20%
Final Exam: 20%
Students should anticipate assignments that
include working with a variety of two and three dimensional art
materials. Assessment for each studio project assigned will include
the following areas of evaluation in the grading rubric:
- Daily Productivity
G. COURSE COMPONENT
Plagiarism or cheating in any form is prohibited and will result in
disciplinary action. Student work that is suspect to cheating or
plagiarism will receive a zero (0) for a grade.
Late Assignments: Assignments, such as studio
projects, not turned in on due date can receive up to a 20 point
deduction from the achieved grade, unless excused absence is
noted. Failure to complete bellringer/journal log/exit activities
within the allotted class time will result in a zero for that day’s
Make-up Policy: It is the student’s
responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor to make up
work. All missed work must be made up within 3 days of returning to
school unless the student has missed more than 3 days of school. In
the event that a student has missed more than 3 days of school, the
student will receive the same number of days missed to make up the
work. Only make up work that is due to an excused absence will be
Class time may
not be used to catch up on missed work.
Any quizzes or exams missed must be made
up either before the start of school or after the school day.
points may be made available for students who want to improve their
grades per the instructor’s discretion. Students should discuss extra
credit opportunities with the teacher outside of class and have these
approved ahead of time.
contained in this course syllabus is subject to change without
notice. Specific dates for when assignments are to be completed will
be announced by the instructor later as the course progresses.
H. CLASSROOM RULES OF
- All rules contained in
the NCHS Code of Student Conduct will be followed.
- No food or drinks
allowed in the art room at any time.
- Be on time to class.
Door will be locked when the tardy bell rings.
- Do not go back into
storage room & sink areas unless authorized to do so.
- Remain in your assigned
seat until you are dismissed from class.
- Respect other people’s
- Be courteous to peers
and teacher alike.
students are required to exhibit the highest caliber of behavior and
diligence in their work. Respect given to teacher, peers, and self is
paramount. Talking and non class-related discussions shall be kept to
a minimum. Horseplay, off-task behavior, sleeping, and tardiness are
not tolerated. Attendance is critical since much material is covered in a
single class period. Daily reading and writing is required.
J. HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL
IN MY CLASS
- Come prepared with all materials needed
attention – follow directions
- Complete homework/all assignments well
Complete all assignment deadlines on
- Study your work, notes, handouts, etc.
- Keep up with all papers, quizzes, tests in your notebook
- Participate positively in class activities
- Read your textbook assignments.
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