Syllabus for Fall Term, 2002


Art 101 is designed to give you an opportunity to learn about the visual arts and develop a sense of visual literacy.  This course offers an overview of the subject for those with little or no art background as well as for beginning art majors.  The course is designed to awaken your creativity, as well as giving you a strong intellectual grounding in visual thinking, and the form, meaning and content of visual art.


Instructor:  Jennifer Owen                Office:  Ka Lama 133 and Ceramics Studio in the Art Building


Phone:  984-3229 (ext. 229) Ceramics studio                              Email:

             984-3220 (ext. 220) Ka Lama office


Office hours:  Tues/Thurs:  1:30-3:00 in Ka Lama 133

                        Mon:  12:30-1:30 in the Ceramics Studio


Course Description:

Art 101 introduces the basic elements of visual arts and their expressions in various forms.  Meets UH Manoa Arts and Science core requirements.


Course Credits and Contact Hours per Week:

Three credits, and three hours lecture per week.


Required Text:  ARTFORMS, Preble, Preble, and Frank, seventh edition.


Prerequisites:  None.


Learner Outcomes:


        Students completing this course will be able to:

·         Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the elements of art, principles of design, and the creative process.

·         Demonstrate a familiarity with major historical movements in art and be able to explain how art relates to its time.

·         Express own ideas in various visual media and forms.

·         Demonstrate an understanding and awareness of the various art media.

·         Appreciate ways of bettering the visual environment.




Attendance and punctuality is mandatory.  Attendance will be monitored through progress on in-class assignments in sketchbooks, pop quizzes, and attendance taken at each class period. If you have a legitimate emergency (health, work or family crisis) you must call ext. 229 (984-3229) to report the reason for your absence before the class meets. If you are not excused from a class, your absence will be marked against you.  Tardiness will also be marked against you.  Quizzes are given at the beginning of class.  If a quiz is taken late, it will be marked down a grade.  If you are tardy four times, that is the equivalent of being absent once.


Special Accommodation

Please talk to me at any time (after class, before class, during office hours, or by telephone) if you need special accommodation.  The College also has wonderful free counseling, tutoring, etc. that I can connect you with.





Two exams and eight quizzes will cover reading assignments in the text, classroom lectures, videos, handouts, and field trips.  The two exams will consist of multiple choice objective questions, true false questions, and essays.  Test questions come from material covered in lectures and text.  Quiz questions will be used on both the midterm and final exam.




Bring sketchbook and art supplies with you each class period.  Students are required to keep a 9” x 12” sketchbook in which they record experiences within the course.  You will be working in this book both during class time and outside of class.  Make sure your name is clearly marked on the front cover of your sketchbook.


Project Assignment or Research Paper --- due Nov. 19


An independent drawing or other art project (sculpture, painting, collage, assemblage, etc.), done outside of class, will be required.  Instead of the art project, a 2-page research paper on an artist may be submitted.

Extra credit may be earned by submitting additional art projects or drawings in your sketchbook.


On Oct. 3(Tues/Thurs), you will need to pass in a few sentences stating your intentions for this assignment.


Students may choose to complete a Service Learning Project instead of the Project or Paper.  This option will be explained under the Service Learning topic in this syllabus.


Grading of Art Projects and Sketchbooks


Each project and sketchbook assignment will be evaluated for thoroughness of investigation, depth of thinking, vitality, craftsmanship, creativity, and effort.  I realize that you may be a beginner and will be looking for growth.  Effort in the sketchbook is necessary for your successful completion of the course.  Projects and sketchbooks will be assessed a grade of PLUS, CHECK, MINUS, or ZERO. 


PLUS – Exceptional efforts and results.  Outstanding achievement.


CHECK – Fulfills criteria of assignment.  Contains all parts of assignment.  Sufficient work, effort, and time done on project.


MINUS – Missing some part of the assignment, or not complete enough.  Not enough effort or time put into assignment. 


ZERO – Missing assignment.



GRADING SYSTEM:  The grading system is based on two parts:


POINT SYSTEM:  Covers tests, quizzes and worksheets.


Midterm Exam                                      20 pts.

Final Exam                                            20 pts.

8 Quizzes                                              5 pts. each

Worksheets for field trips and videos      20 pts.


Total                                                     100 pts.




A = 90 – 100%                                     (90 - 100 pts.)

B = 80 – 89%                                       (80 –89 pts.)

C = 70 – 79%                                       (70 – 79 pts.)

D = 60 – 69%                                       (60 – 69 pts.)

F = less than 60%                                  (less than 60 pts.)





The AVERAGE of sketchbook and project grades effects the Point System grade in the

following ways:


An average of PLUS raises the point grade one letter grade.


An average of CHECK does not change the point grade.


An average of MINUS lowers the point grade one letter grade.


An average of ZERO lowers the point grade two letter grades.



Service Learning Option

Instead of the Project assignment, or instead of the Research Paper, or instead of taking the final exam, a student may elect to volunteer for a non-profit arts organization for 20 hours during the semester. Possible organizations include the Maui Arts and Cultural Center Exhibit Program (helping with the installation of shows in the gallery), and the Hui No`eau Visual Arts Center (assisting in the photography dark room).

Service Learning is a learning method that connects meaningful community service experiences with academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility.  It enhances what is taught by extending students’ learning beyond the classroom and providing opportunities to acquire skills and knowledge in real-life situations in the community. 

Your instructor has already arranged for certain non-profit agencies to participate with MCC and our class in Service Learning.  Students make their own contacts with the volunteer coordinator or director at an agency of their choice.  Students arrange their own schedules, keep a time log and have it signed by a supervisor, record their experiences in a reflective journal, share their experiences with their classmates, and submit a two-page paper at the end of the semester.


Extra Credit Opportunities

There are 8 quizzes, based on the reading assignments.  If a student wants to raise any quiz grade by a full grade point, they may take advantage of several extra credit opportunities. 

There are 8 videos on art on reserve in the library, for viewing in the library only.  When a student views an hour of video and hands in a one-paragraph summary or notes taken while viewing the video, one quiz grade will be raised by a full grade point. 

There will be a free slide lecture by nationally acclaimed ceramic artist, Tom Kerrigan, on Thursday, September 19, at 7:00 pm, at the Hui No`eau Visual Arts Center near Makawao.  Any student who attends will raise one quiz grade by a full grade point.  There will be more such lectures, as well as

various opportunities to earn extra credit by viewing art exhibitions and writing a 3-6 sentence response to the exhibit or lecture.  The instructor will announce these opportunities as they arise.


Library Reserve Videos


Eight videos have been placed on reserve for your use.  They are:

            The Pyramids and The Cities of the Pharaohs

            The Greek Temple

            The Classical Ideal

            A White Garment of Churches---Romanesque and Gothic

            The Early Renaissance

            The High Renaissance









9” x 12” white sketch pad


drawing pencil, either 2b, 4b, and/or 3h (you may also use a #2 pencil for drawing)





Oil pastels

Vine charcoal

Colored pencils




RECOMMENDED WEBSITE:          This is the companion website for our textbook and has links to other great art sites with lots of images of art.  Start with:  The Web Museum and Kandinsky’s Abstractions.





¨       Cell phones and beepers should be turned off during class.  Only in an emergency should phone calls be made or received during class time.



Special Accommodation

§         Please talk to me at any time (after class, before class, during office hours, or by telephone) if you need special accommodation.  The College also has wonderful free counseling, tutoring, etc. that I can connect you with.