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What You Should Already Know

Art 043 is the second half of Art Foundations, which, along with Art 041, comprises a full year of art. If you have not taken Art 041, you may still take this course; however, some of the concepts in this course will build on things that were taught in Art 041.

This course is designed to benefit students with some previous background in art. However, you will still have the opportunity to learn more about art and to expand on your art skills without having any art background. Each new technique is explained in great detail and has examples for you to learn from. The course content should also help your skills to continue to grow after you complete this course.

Learning Outcomes

Once you have successfully completed this course, you should be able to do the following.

  1. Gain confidence in the exploration of a variety of materials through art production.
  2. Incorporate the elements and principles of art into your artworks.
  3. Distinguish the differences between various twentieth century art movements though an exploration in art history.
  4. Form personal views and definitions for aesthetic issues.
  5. Assess and critique your art projects.

Course Materials

There isn’t a required textbook for this course. However, there is a list of art supplies that you are required to purchase. The art supplies can be purchased at most art or craft stores. You will use these art supplies to complete the art projects for your art portfolios.

If you are unable to find the art materials you need in a store, you may also purchase them online at the following sites. You can also go to their home pages and request to have a catalog of their supplies sent to you.

The list of art supplies is divided into two sections. The first section is a list of required art materials that you must purchase for this course. The second section is a list of optional art materials. In this course you will have the opportunity to experiment and create artworks using different art materials. The nice part is that you will be able to decide which art materials you would like to use. For example, if you enjoy painting, you may want to purchase a set of watercolor paints.

You will need to purchase two materials from the optional materials list and to use the art materials in at least one artwork each. However, if you already own some of these supplies you will not need to go out and buy new supplies. You are also welcome to use more than two of the optional art materials.

Required

You must purchase all of the following required materials:

Optional

You must purchase two items from this list of optional materials:

If there is another type of art supply that you would like to use such as acrylic paint, oil paint, scratchboard, or printmaking, you are welcome to use it. The list of optional supplies only lists inexpensive and easy to use art materials. You just need to make sure that all of your artworks are on 8" x 11" or 8" x 10" sheets of paper and that you do use at least two different art materials other than pencil on your art projects for this course.

Also, throughout the course there are some projects that may require the use of a photocopy machine, a potato (for printmaking), old magazines, glue sticks, a camera, and a computer. However, the units are set up so that you can choose which projects you would like to complete, so if you do not have access to some of the materials needed to complete a particular project, you may choose to complete one of the other projects instead.

One other thing that you will need when you are creating your artworks is some grubby clothing or at least an old shirt or apron to wear. Creating art can be a very messy thing and you do not want to accidentally wreck your nice clothes. When you are using just a regular pencil it shouldn’t be too messy, but you will want to cover up if you are working with paint, charcoal, or pastels.

Tips

Below are some tips about some of the various art supplies for this course.

If you are very serious about art and would like to learn more about the different art materials, how to use them, and fun techniques you can try with them, you may be interested in purchasing the following book. It is an excellent reference guide for artists and will help you to learn about all of the art supplies that are available for artists to use.

Gair, Angela, ed. Artist’s Manual: A Complete Guide to Painting and Drawing Materials and Techniques. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1996.

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Assignments

This course consists of six units and a final exam. The following sections will explain how each unit is set up. The sections also explain the various types of assignments and projects that you are to complete during the course.

Units

Units 1 through 6 provide you with an opportunity to learn the basics of art. Each unit has Self Check questions, unit quizzes, and art projects.

Self Check Questions

The questions in the Self Checks are designed to help you see how well you remember what you have learned; they do not count toward your grade.

Quizzes

Unit quizzes are computer-graded assignments. These assignments are designed to see how well you can apply what you have learned throughout the course.

Art Projects

In units 1 through 6, you are required to complete various art projects. Each project is based on techniques and concepts that were taught in the unit. It is very important that you complete the required art projects for a particular unit before you proceed to the next unit. You'll need to keep your projects in a safe place while you are working on them and before you turn them in.

You will complete each project as instructed in the assignment pages and turn them in according to the course policies you have been given.

Each unit is worth 5 percent of your course grade, for a total of 30 percent. In each unit, you have the opportunity to evaluate yourself on the art projects. You will assess how well you did by grading yourself on each project. This is worth 20 percent of the project grade for each unit. You will also comment on and defend the grades you have assigned yourself. These comments are worth 20 percent of the project grade for each unit. My assessment of your projects is worth 60 percent of the project grade for each unit. Each project will have an Art Project Assessment form attached to it. The forms can be found through a link with the instructions to each assignment. How you will be graded and the criteria that you are graded on will be discussed at length in unit 1.

The address where to mail the portfolio is: 229 HCEB, 770 E University Parkway, Provo, UT 84602, USA. We highly recommend you mail your portfolio via Priority Mail (or UPS/FedEx) so it can be tracked.

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Final Exam

The final exam is worth 34 percent of your course grade. The final exam questions will be very similar to self check and unit quiz questions. There is a practice final exam that you can take after you have completed all of the units. It will help you to prepare for the final exam.

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Grading

This is how your final grade will be calculated:

Assignment Percentage
Unit art projects (5% for each unit) 30 percent
Unit quizzes (6% for each assignment) 36 percent
Final Exam 34 percent
Grade Scale
A 94–100
A– 90–93
B+ 87–89
B 84–86
B– 80–83
C+ 77–79
C 74–76
C– 70–73
D+ 67–69
D 64–66
D– 60–63
E (Fail) 59 and below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.

Portfolio Assignments

In units 1 through 6, you are required to complete various art projects. Each project is based on techniques and concepts that were taught in the unit. It is very important that you complete the required art projects for a particular unit before you proceed to the next unit. You'll need to keep your projects in a safe place while you are working on them and before you turn them in. After units 3 and 6, you will turn in your art portfolios.

This course has two separate portfolios so that you can receive feedback on your first three art projects before proceeding to the final three projects. This will allow you to see how you are doing artistically and will let you know if you need to work on some things or simply keep up the good work!

Format

Each project must be completed on an 8" x 11" or 8" x 10" sheet of paper. You also need to have a clean border around the projects. The border must be a minimum of one inch wide. You may alter the size of your artworks to a minimum of 5 by 5 inches. The smaller artworks still need to be on 8" x 11" or 8" x 10" sheets of paper.

Assessment

Both the first and second art portfolios are worth 15 percent of your course grade apiece, for a total of 30 percent. In each unit, you have the opportunity to evaluate yourself on the art projects. You will assess how well you did by grading yourself on each project. This is worth 20 percent of the project grade for each unit. You will also comment on and defend the grades you have assigned yourself. These comments are worth 20 percent of the project grade for each unit. My assessment of your projects is worth 60 percent of the project grade for each unit. Each project will have an Art Project Assessment form attached to it. The forms can be found through a link with the instructions to each assignment. How you will be graded and the criteria that you are graded on will be discussed at length in unit 1.

Important Note

It is important that you understand that plagiarism is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in this course. Plagiarism is claiming someone else’s work as your own. If you plagiarize any part of an assignment, appropriate action will be taken which may include the following: rescinding the grade for the unit, failing the course, or being prohibited from retaking the course. Please take this information to heart and do your own work.

How to Turn in the Portfolio

In each Portfolio Submission module, there is an Overall Grade screen with a notification area to complete after you have mailed each portfolio. It is important to wait until you have mailed your portfolio to open the notification box. By clicking on “Submit,” you are notifying the instructor that your portfolio is ready to be graded.

Send each portfolio in hard copy only to Independent Study by mail according to the instructions listed here. There is a “Portfolio Submission” coversheet for each of the two portfolios, and all assignments on the Portfolio Submission coversheet must be turned in together. There is a link to the coversheet in the respective Portfolio Submission module.

An incomplete portfolio may result in a failing grade, and a fee will be required to resubmit your portfolio. You need to take a color digital photo of your art projects before you send them in. Your original artwork will be returned to you, but it is a good idea to take photos of them in case they are lost in the mail or misplaced.

Group the projects in the portfolio as listed in the respective Portfolio Submission module in your course. Place the collection of items in a large padded mailing envelope, write the Independent Study address on the envelope, add postage, and put the package in the mail.

Submit your portfolios by mail to the following address:

BYU Independent Study
120 Morris Center (MORC)
Provo, UT 84602-0300

You cannot fax your portfolio. Your instructor needs your portfolio in hard-copy format for it to be graded properly.

Note: BYU Independent Study is not responsible for items damaged in the mail.

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Assignments

Summary: 6 computer-graded assignments and 2 instructor-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee.

Exams

Summary: 1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase one 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete the course.

Getting Help

Contact Independent Study here.

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Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

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BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.