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.

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.

Assignment Details

Part 1

Research a photographer.Choose 1 photographer from the following list:Edward WestonJulia Margaret CameronJerry UelsmannCindy ShermanAnsel AdamsCarrie Mae WeemsUse the textbook, intellipath material, the Internet, and the Unit Resources for help.

Choose a Photograph.Choose 1 photograph of your chosen artist’s work.List the photographer’s name, the title of the photograph, and the date it was taken.Upload your photo, pasting it directly into the Discussion Board window. Do not post an attachment.Click here for help on How to Post Photos to the Discussion Board.

Discuss Your Choice.Why did you choose this photographer?Explain at least 1 of the purposes and functions of the artist’s work. (See the text for more information about the purposes and functions of art.)

Part 2

Create Your Photograph.Inspired by the photography of your chosen artist, create a similar photograph of your own using your phone, a camera, or any other photographic device.Explain how your photograph is similar in subject matter and content.Upload your photo pasting it directly into the Discussion Board window. Do not post an attachment.Click here for help on How to Post Photos to the Discussion Board.

Respond to 2 classmates with substantive posts. You will be graded on the quality of your postings.

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 1: World of Art: Functions & EvaluationsUnit 1: Referencing Art and TimesUnit 1: What is Art?

Grading Rubric

Purpose of Assignment and Content DevelopmentDemonstrates an outstanding use of appropriate, relevant, and compelling content with excellent expression of topic, main idea, and purpose.

Demonstrates exemplary knowledge or analysis of human perspectives appropriate to the assignment’s purpose and context.

Graphics accurately reflect the assignment requirements.


Critical Thinking

Demonstrates outstanding or exemplary ability to analyze assumptions and evaluate evidence, complexities of issues, and alternatives. Where required, demonstrates outstanding or exemplary ability to use creativity and originality in problem-solving.


Organization, Grammar and Presentation (including Information Literacy)Organization is clear.

Language clearly and effectively communicates ideas and content relevant to the assignment.

Presentation and delivery are confident and persuasive (where applicable).

Audience, style, tone and perspective are consistent and appropriate to assignment.

Few if any errors in grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.

Demonstrates outstanding selection and use of high quality, credible, and relevant sources to develop ideas that are appropriate to the assignment.

Sources are consistently cited according to required style sheet (e.g., APA), with no errors beyond punctuation. Manuscript style is completely correct, according to style sheet guidelines.


Interactive Participation

Demonstrate active interaction and participation throughout the week and substantive responses to at least 2 posts in addition to posting the DB assignment post.

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Embracing Art: Chapters 1& 2

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 Assignment Objectives Argue the importance of contemporary art and design using key concepts of art criticism.Critique the principles and elements of design such as form, focal point, balance, color, and texture in conveying the theme and function(s) of a contemporary work of art or design.

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