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Visual Arts 2 Syllabus (2023)
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Niswonger Online Course Syllabus

Visual Arts 2: Criticism and Global Perspectives

Course Description

In this course you will learn about art in more depth than Visual Art 1- Appreciation & Art Making. We will explore artistic criticism by looking at artworks with a critical eye and learn to write an artistic critique using the elements and principles vocabulary.  There is an artist media exploration section where we create artworks in a variety of types (drawing, painting, printmaking, digital design, and sculpture). Next, we will explore artworks by culture and countries to include; Asian art, Ancient Mexico, African Art, and Native American. Another unit will focus only on contemporary American Artists. Finally, we will learn the basics about Art Careers. 


If you have course related questions such as questions about due dates, assignment directions, lesson material, etc. please contact your instructor immediately via Canvas message (if courses have started) or via direct email (if courses have not started). Your instructor's email and name can be found after logging in by clicking on Course Information or can be found on the homepage of your course after classes begin.

After courses begin, all communications between instructor and student should happen from Canvas Messaging.

If you need technical assistance at any time during the course or to report a problem with your account please visit to submit a trouble ticket or contact:

Mr. Chris Dotson

Technology Support Lead, Niswonger Online & APAA

You can also visit this page for answers to frequently asked questions: 

For other concerns that have not been addressed by your teacher or by our Technology Support Team contact:

Dr. Gina Pavlovich                                                           Mrs. Jill Davis

Director AP Access for ALL & Niswonger Online            Assistant Director, Niswonger Online                    

 **ONLY your school Counselor or local Administrator can request a course change or    drop. No one within the APAA program can approve this.**

Course Outline

After completing this course, you will be able to:

     Digital design and sculpture)

      Native American)

Grading Policy

Every attempt will be made to give the assignments, lessons, and projects clear directions. Project objectives will be posted for each assignment. These objectives will help guide you throughout the assignments. They will be used to evaluate and grade your work. Creativity is always encouraged!! If you are not sure about something or have an alternative idea, simply ask.

Your participation in discussions with your classmates is very important. It is required in each discussion for you to make a post and then post on two of your classmates posts. Points will be taken off if you do not post on others. Some students will do their work early in the week and then go back to post on other students work later in the week...don't forget to do this.  In each module I have included assignments and sometimes include the words "OR" please choose one of the assignment options. I do like to give choices that are based on your learning styles. In this more advanced class I do expect, however, a willingness to create artworks in some of the assignments.

Try new things, open your creative mind, enjoy yourself, ask questions, delve deeper into artistic learning and work hard! I will notice your effort and it will be a part of your grade. If you get behind in a course like this it can be very difficult to "catch up".

My suggestion is to visit the module on Saturday or Sunday to simply "see what is expected", think about it for a bit, gather the required supplies and then get started by around Tuesday or Wednesday with enough time to ask questions. As many of you know from being in earlier art classes this work although "fun" to do can be time consuming.   Your grade will come from the following

 Class Participation (discussions)                                   35%

 Projects (assignments)                                                     50%

 Final test and Art Career Interview assignment               15%


Niswonger Online Late Work Policy (updated July 2023)

At Niswonger Online, we understand the importance of meeting deadlines and developing strong time management skills. To maintain consistency and encourage timely submissions, we have established a firm late work policy. Please click the link to review this policy: Late Work Policy

Viewing Grades and Feedback in Canvas

Points you receive for graded activities will be posted to your Canvas Grade Book. Click on the Grades link on the left navigation to view your grades and feedback.

Your teacher will update the online grades each time a due date has passed. Check back for updated grades and feedback 3-4 days after submission.

It is also important to read or view all feedback given by your teacher. This is how a student will grow within the course. Feedback can be viewed from your Canvas gradebook by clicking on the small icon- out from your numerical grade.


Course Policies

Commit to Integrity

As a student in this course, you are expected to maintain high degrees of professionalism and integrity.

Cheating is “the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work through the use of any dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means.”

Plagiarism is “the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.”

Niswonger Online Plagiarism Policy      

All students will be asked to read the Niswonger Online plagiarism policy and complete an assignment to show understanding BEFORE any work in the course can be accessed or completed. The plagiarism policy and corresponding assignment is linked in the second module, labeled Academic Integrity, within each course.

Go to  to view the plagiarism policy without logging into the course.

Build Rapport

If you find that you have any trouble keeping up with assignments or other aspects of the course, make sure you let your teacher know as early as possible. As you will find, building rapport and effective relationships are key to becoming an effective professional. Make sure that you are proactive in informing your teacher when difficulties arise during the semester so that we can help you find a solution.

Submitting Assignments

All assignments for this course will be submitted electronically through Canvas unless otherwise instructed. If you have any trouble submitting your assignment in Canvas you should contact your teacher or the Niswonger Online Technology team immediately.

Course Enrollment and Drops

Students can only be enrolled in a Niswonger Online course by their home high school’s counselor or administrator.

Course drops can only be approved by school personnel (counselor or administrator). Online teachers, the Niswonger Online director, or Niswonger Online Assistant Director cannot approve any course changes. Each school has its own policy on when a student may drop their online course. Please see your school counselor or administrator if you have any questions about this.