Assessment Activity Plan

Art & Visual Culture Renaissance to 20th Century

This blog post is part of an assessment activity plan exercise for EDUC 4151. I will expand upon it for the final assignment in this course – Creating a Course Module.

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Kamila Al-Karem, CE (Corona Era) (2020)

Learner Characteristics:

  • First year Fine Arts students (required course)
  • Various students from other programs (elective course)
  • High number of International Students and/or students with English as an Additional Language
  • Majority of students work part or full time
  • For many of the students this is their first time taking an online course 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify key works of art and visual culture from the Renaissance to the 20th Century
  • Define critical terms related to art and visual culture from the Renaissance to the 20th Century
  • Explain the changes and continuity of visual expressions from Renaissance to the 20th Century
  • Describe the form, content, and context of art and visual culture from Renaissance to the 20th Century
  • Analyze the iconography, symbolism, and forms of the period that continue to shape visual culture
  • Make connections between the images and objects viewed in class and the visual culture of our world.

Module Activities 20% (On-going and self-assessed):

Completing the reading and viewing and assignments for each weekly module is mandatory. I have very carefully structured and organized the course material, with the intention that you will dive in and explore at your own pace. I encourage you to explore the topics I present to you, and consider how the themes may relate to your own life or possibly even artistic practice. The survey is often considered the foundation for you to build the rest of your art historical exploration on – make it a strong one.

Writing Assignments 40% (July 5th  / July 12th   / July 19th / July 27th):

For these assignments, you will write four responses to the assigned readings/viewings based on topics I provide. The prompts will range from research essays to more personal responses depending on which prompt you choose. Each writing assignment is to be 750-1000 words and will be worth ten points. You can write in first or third person. Some additional research may be required, as each submission requires a minimum of four sources. Your writing assignments can also be posted in whole or in part to your blog.

Create Your Own Blog 20% (On-going and due Aug 2nd):
For this assignment you will create a blog frequently post written responses, images, articles and videos related to the art and issues discussed in class.

Art in Quarantine 15% (June 28th  / July 12th  / July 19th  / July 26th):

Since the COVID-19 pandemic closed museums around the world, many responded by encouraging people to recreate works in their own homes. For example the Rijksmuseum called for “everyone at home who needs some relief” to first an art work, then use 3 items in their home to reconstruct the work and share it. Many of these works are now being shared @tussenkunstenquarantaine (Between Art and Quarantine). This assignment challenges you to do the same. I am excited to see what you will create.

Rational

Module Activities:

  • Identify key works of art and visual culture from the Renaissance to the 20th Century
  • Define critical terms related to art and visual culture from the Renaissance to the 20th Century
  • Explain the changes and continuity of visual expressions from Renaissance to the 20th Century
  • Describe the form, content, and context of art and visual culture from Renaissance to the 20th Century
  • Analyze the iconography, symbolism, and forms of the period that continue to shape visual culture
  • Make connections between the images and objects viewed in class and the visual culture of our world.

Each week there will be a couple of low-stakes, activities for learners that relates to the content they have reviewed. These include adding definitions to terms in the glossary, completing crossword puzzles,  short discussion activities, matching iconography with images, short quizzes, wiki’s, and even a hashtag activity. At the mid-term they have an short survey for them to reflect on their engagement. At the end of the semester they will self-assess their completion of the activities.

Writing Assignments:

  • Explain the changes and continuity of visual expressions from Renaissance to the 20th Century
  • Describe the form, content, and context of art and visual culture from Renaissance to the 20th Century
  • Analyze the iconography, symbolism, and forms of the period that continue to shape visual culture
  • Make connections between the images and objects viewed in class and the visual culture of our world.

Students are required to submit four short writing assignments over the course of the semester. I provide them with a list of topics they can choose from. They also have the option of writing on another topic, they confirm with me.

Create Your Own Blog:

  • Identify key works of art and visual culture from the Renaissance to the 20th Century
  • Define critical terms related to art and visual culture from the Renaissance to the 20th Century
  • Explain the changes and continuity of visual expressions from Renaissance to the 20th Century
  • Describe the form, content, and context of art and visual culture from Renaissance to the 20th Century
  • Analyze the iconography, symbolism, and forms of the period that continue to shape visual culture
  • Make connections between the images and objects viewed in class and the visual culture of our world.

At the beginning of the course students create (or use a previous) blog. They can share their other assignments here and comment on classmates posts. Each week I give them a list of topics they can research and respond to.

Art in Quarantine:

  • Identify key works of art and visual culture from the Renaissance to the 20th Century
  • Describe the form, content, and context of art and visual culture from Renaissance to the 20th Century
  • Analyze the iconography, symbolism, and forms of the period that continue to shape visual culture
  • Make connections between the images and objects viewed in class and the visual culture of our world.

This has been my favorite assignment to date. This gives students an opportunity to physically engage with works and explore “knowing” in different ways beyond writing and speaking. This assignment is a great way for students to be creative.

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