ARH 1000 Art Appreciation, special MDC Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) “Mathphobia” project
Instructors: Marilyn Gottlieb-Roberts, Dept. of Art & Philosophy
Hours posted Room 3604-11; firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel. 305-237-3066; Fax 305-237-3819
Pavlov Rameau, Dept. of Mathematics
email@example.com; Tel. 305-237-7569
Suggested Texts: “Symmetry Space and Shape”, Kinsey & Moore, Key College Publishing, 2002.
“Perspective for Comic Book Artists”, David Chelsea, Watson-Guptil, 1977.
“Understanding Comics”, Scott McCloud, HarperCollins, 1993.
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION: Research on the role of art and the visual media in everyday living in the home, the school, and the community.
GOALS (what): This experimental class integrates study in art and math. It is intended to demonstrate that mathematics and art are each intuitively and conceptually accessible to “the ordinary person.”
METHODOLOGY (how): The instructors conduct illustrated lectures and workshops. As individuals and in cooperative Study Groups, students teach one another about their research and what they have learned through experience and guided reading and writing assignments. In lieu of a final exam, students submit a 6-page comic book based on a reflective journal of individual success and challenge throughout the semester.
OBJECTIVES: (why) this class aims to give you enough information about math and art to engage your curiosity and confidence and encouragement for to future exploration.
SEMESTER GRADE is based on a total of the following (for detail see GUIDE TO ASSIGNMENTS, p 2):
Self-grading: A my best work; if I continue to invest this much care and attention in my life, I can expect my potential to be fully realized (see Late Penalty, below)
B my good work, if I continue to invest this much care and attention in my life, I can expect that my potential will be at least partially realized (see Late Penalty, below)
Gentleman’s C - at least I handed something in; if I give this kind of care and attention to my life, I will probably get by (thank goodness I have a rich daddy and don’t need to work for a living). Ungraded assignments
Late penalty: less 10% unless student submits a note requesting “late penalty deferral” on due date; in that case, grade of 60% will be recorded until assignment, without late penalty, is submitted.
Extra credit: Each Extra Credit Ö can convert a grade-lowering absence to “excused” and can raise a PROJECT grade by 10%; remaining Ös can each raise Final Grade by 1%. Extra Credit may not be used as a substitute for missing work, nor to raise FINAL PROJECT grades. Ö to ÖÖÖÖ points awarded according to level of involvement in the project.
· copy the form and composition of a comic book panel or a flash page, or of a movie still; don’t worry too much about literal copying; aim for the big geometric ideas under the composition and the animating spirit of figures.
· create your own comic book image by applying the drawing and composition style of a favorite comic book artist.
· submit a written explanation of the mathematical principle behind any exercise in “Symmetry, Space & Shape”
Attendance: Your first two absences are automatically excused but each unexcused absence will lower your final grade by 1%. Two tardies (arrival after roll is called) equal an absence.
Classroom Conduct: At any point in the semester, the instructor reserves the right to drop any student from the class for habitual absence or tardiness, or for behavior that disrupts the learning environment for the other students.
Personal electronics: Please turn off cels and pagers before entering the classroom. With prior permission, for a limited number of times you may leave to answer a mute page. Use of personal radios, TVs, CD or cassette players not permitted during class hours.
SUGGESTED SUPPLIES FOR MATH LABS (may want to chip in for purchase by Study Group): tape measure, ruler, compass, tracing paper, cardboard, scissors, scotch tape, colored pencils, small square mirror, paper cash register tape, non-photo blue pencil.
SUGGESTED SUPPLIES FOR COMIC BOOK: ½ size poster board for story board, 2 pieces of 8 ½” x 11” poster board for layout grid rendered in magic marker, ruler, unlined 8 ½” x 11” paper, tracing paper, non-photo blue pencil, HB (or 2-B) pencil, pink pearl bar eraser, Pilot pens in 3 widths (extra fine, fine and medium).
GUIDE TO ASSIGNMENTS
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen Covey’s book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, has become a fixture on many North American Ivy League reading lists; it is a step-by-step program to better your life. You may want to keep a journal to record your observations of the effect of the application of these habits in your own life.
Habits of Character
1. Be pro-active. This means that you take responsibility for your own life and understand that your behavior is a product of the decisions you make, and that these decisions are based on your values.
2. Begin with the end in mind. Begin today with an image of the end of your life as the criteria by which you examine everything else in your life. “All things are created twice;” things first happen mentally then physically. Decide your value system or personal “mission statement” then write this into your heart and mind.
3. Put first things first. Take control of your life and its relation to your “mission statement”. This will help you focus on your priorities if you first break your activities in four quadrants. In the first quadrant place activities that are both urgent and important. The second quadrant is for activities that are not urgent but that are important. In the third quadrant place all the activities that are urgent but not important. In the fourth quadrant are all activities that are not urgent and not important. The most important quadrant is quadrant two. The more you say yes to the activities in quadrant two, the smaller quadrant one becomes. The activities in quadrants three and four can be disregarded. Your must reorganize your life around your “mission statement” and the activities of quadrant two.
Habits of Personality
4. Think win/win. Seek solutions so that everyone wins. This is not a technique; it is a total philosophy of human interaction and allows you to find solutions to let everyone win. In order to do this; you must be nice, courageous, confident, and brave. Win/win is the balance between courage and consideration. The alternative to win/win is win/win or no deal. Win/win or no deal is when there cannot be a win/win situation in which all involved parties can agree to disagree agreeably.
5. First seek to understand. This is the most important habit in interpersonal relations. A person must have the ability to actively listen. Empathetic listening is the key to this habit. Most people tend to listen to reply, and not to understand; this can be a problem. If you truly listen to understand, you will be more effective when communicating with others.
6. Synergize. Synergy is when two people come up with a solution that works for both parties involved. This is not the same as compromise. In synergetic communication, you simply open your mind to new possibilities and alternatives. When people communicate with respect and creativity, they learn, gain insight, and find better solutions. That is the key to synergism.
7. Practice the habit of self-renewal. If you do this right, completely, and regularly, you will, automatically, develop the first six habits. This seventh habit is that you preserve and enhance the greatest asset you have: yourself. This habit is the renewal of your physical, spiritual, mental, and social-emotional self. For the physical dimension, exercise about a half-hour a day, maintain good nutrition, and manage stress. The spiritual dimension is reading, visualization, planning, and writing. The social-emotional dimension is service, empathy, synergy, and intrinsic security. All these dimensions combined together can better help you deal with stress in everyday life and feel renewed on a daily basis.
These habits will only work if you apply them daily and in all of your activities and you believe that these habits will work for you.
Thanks to former ARH 1000 student Anton Nafteliev for his summary of Covey’s work.
Chart your weekly progress; note at bottom the cause of any change in your grade.
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