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HUMA205-1205B-05 Art Appreciation
Assignment Name: Unit 5 Discussion Board
Deliverable Length: 250 words (not including references)

The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.

At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Wednesday of each week. Two additional responses are required after Wednesday of each week. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often, as that is the primary way the university tracks class attendance and participation.

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The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit.

A. Questions for weekly discussions and conversations (not part of the required Discussion Board assignment)

These questions can serve as the starting point for your discussions during the week. They are “thought starters,” so that you can explore some ideas associated with the discussion board and unit topics. Answers are not required, and should not be submitted with your required assignment. Answers are not graded.

1. How would you imagine cultures and artistic creations changing during World War II?

2. How has art changed with the use of computers and the internet?


B. Required Discussion Board assignment.

  • Discuss a minimum of two reasons why Jackson Pollock’s style of painting, as exemplified by Convergence, is considered an important, innovative development in the history of painting. To see this painting, locate it in the unit’s Resource List.
  • Imagine that you are a defense attorney for this work of art. Support your argument with research.
  • Establish a very strong “argument” by considering the artist’s unique technique, what influenced him to create work like Convergence, and how this work fits into its specific era and specific art movement.

When researching the Internet for addition resources, use reliable/credible sites. Retail sites and Wikipedia are not considered reliable resources. All writing must be in your own words. Do not cut and paste information from the Web site.

You are required to comply with APA style format for internal citation and a reference list. For additional information and resources on APA, visit the APA section of the Library, available under “Library Features.”

Peer Responses can elaborate on the following topics:

  • Look at the images that your peer has selected. Do you think he or she interpreted the artist’s message well? What do you think the artist trying to say?
  • Having read your peer’s argument about Jackson Pollock’s work and looked at the images he or she selected; do you agree or disagree with your peer’s position?
  • What additional points can you add to the argument?

In your own words, please post a response to the Discussion Board and comment on other postings. You will be graded on the quality of your postings.

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.  Please refer to the following multimedia course material(s):

  • Unit 5:
    American Colonial: Puritanism, Revolution and Reason, and Romanticism 1607-1900
  • Unit 5: American Realism, Regionalism, Naturalism: 1865-1914
  • Unit 5: Dissillusionment[KM1]
  • Unit 5: Literature[KM2]
Points Possible: 65
Date Due: Sunday, Feb 10, 2013
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in applying a knowledge base of visual literacy for practical application in artistic, social, and commercial contexts.
  • Demonstrate the historical and cultural perspectives of art movements and social connections.
  • Demonstrate verbally and in written form the effective use of knowledge in analyzing and presenting the formal elements of art works in APA formatted research documents.
  • Write in a variety of genres and contexts both formal and informal, employing appropriate conventions.
  • Write an essay tracing the development of American literature from the Puritan Era to the New England Renaissance (first semester only


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