Illinois Valley Community College's
Film, Art, and
M F 12:00-12:50 PM
Kimberly M. Radek,
10-11 AM on MWF
12-1:30 PM on W
10:45 AM -1:45 PM on Th
Carter as Ophelia in Zeffirelli's Hamlet (1990)
Waterhouse's Ophelia (1910)
This course looks closely at the relationship
of film, visual art, and literature, focusing most specifically upon the
interaction between them from a historical perspective, i.e., how this
relationship has changed as the art forms have changed since their inception.
Required comparative readings and film and art viewings are a component of this
This course has no required
prerequisites, counts for three hours of General Education credit at IVCC; and
transfers to IAI-participating schools as an HF 900 class, and, as such, it must
be approached with a serious and thoughtful attitude. In addition, it will help
you to attain several of the eight goals, deemed central to IVCC's general
education program, specifically:
Goal 1. To apply analytical and problem-solving skills to personal, social,
and professional issues and situations.
Goal 2. To communicate orally and in writing, socially and
Goal 3. to develop an awareness of the
contributions made to civilization by the diverse cultures of the world,
including those within our own society.
Goal 4. To understand and use contemporary technology effectively and to
understand its impact on the individual and society.
Goal 5. To work and study effectively both individually and in collaboration
Goal 6. To understand what it means to act ethically and responsibly as an
individual in one’s career and as a member of society.
Goal 7. To develop and maintain a
healthy lifestyle, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Goal 8. To appreciate the ongoing value of learning, self-improvement, and
Required Texts for Purchase
Adams, Laurie Schneider. Looking at Art.
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2002.
Brown, Dan. The Da Vinci Code. New
York: Doubleday, 2003.
Crichton, Michael. Jurassic Park. New York: Ballantine Books,
Giannetti, Louis. Understanding
edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2007.
Marie, and Kimberly M. Radek. Style Book. 2001.
(The free online version is sufficient.)
Soles, Derek. The Prentice Hall Pocket Guide to Understanding
Literature. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey:
Prentice Hall, 2002.
Grading Scale (%)
||F 59% and below
Class Participation: 15%
Examination #1: 10%
Examination #2: 10%
Examination #3: 10%
Examination #4: 10%
Form to Content Projects & Presentations (3): 30%
Interdisciplinary Research Presentation: 15%
Class Participation: You will be evaluated on your contribution and efforts to the class. All homework,
group projects, in-class writings, and quizzes will be graded
and make up your participation grade.
The Examinations: You will be tested over the material covered in class "lecture" material,
discussions, and assigned readings and viewings. The examinations may include short answer, multiple choice,
true/false, and passage, film, or work identification questions but will be largely comprised of essay
questions. These exams will show that you have read or viewed the assigned texts critically and analytically, identifying common themes and
techniques in them, and can write clearly about them.
exam, there will be film and art viewings or literary selections that you will have to analyze.
The Projects & Presentations:
As two of the best
ways to learn something are through doing it oneself and teaching it to someone
else, this is the direction the Honors Capstone Project will take. For the
capstone portion, you will be preparing your presentations to deliver to the
regular section of FLM 2010, which meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 AM.
In each of the first three sections, you will produce a piece of art (hence the
term project) that
corresponds to the type of art we are studying in the unit—either alone or in
groups. Then, you will—either alone or in groups—come present that piece to my
regular section of the course, explaining how you chose to exploit the elements
available to you within that medium to convey your theme. Then, finally, you
will link these pieces, either in subject or in theme, and deliver a final
presentation to the regular class about the inter-relationship of their three
pieces and the three artistic genres.
Thus, in the Form to Content Presentations you will analyze and evaluate the artistic merits of your
subject, showing how you have used the elements of those
artistic medium to communicate the theme of your piece. These presentations should, of course, have clearly stated thesis statements in their first
slide or paragraph and comply to the standards given in The Style Book. They
should mention the piece's theme and include a handout which offers a selection/copy/photo of the given piece which the class can see or read--and
study from later.
These presentation will be given letter grades that will be converted to percentage points
before the final semester grade is calculated, and they will be evaluated on audience, grammar, organization, presentation, spelling,
and style as well as content.
In the Interdisciplinary Research
Presentation your goal is to demonstrate what you
have learned about each art form and their interactions with each other.
You will bring closure to your study by explaining the intersections and interconnections
between the works you've created during the semester in a presentation to the
other section of this class. Whatever the content of your projects and
presentation, I will expect to see you
integrate outside research from at least three sources in some way. Likewise, I expect that you will address at least
one theory, either of aesthetics or ideology. Like the
earlier presentations, this will be given letter grades that will be converted
to percentage points before the final semester grade is calculated, and it
will be evaluated on audience, grammar, organization, presentation, spelling,
and style as well as content.
Expected Student Outcomes
Analyze various film techniques and genres to attain a
greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic quality of film.
Analyze various literary techniques and genres to attain a
greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic quality of
Analyze various art techniques and genres to attain a
greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic quality of visual
Demonstrate an understanding of the impact that history,
politics, and technology have had and continue to have upon the film, art,
and literature produced.
Express the way that society impacts films, art, and
literature and the way films, art, and literature impact society.
Explain the ways that film, art, and literature influence
and are influenced by each other.
Come to conclusions about the
roles of film, art, and literature in society and determine their
responsibilities to society and to each other.
Skills Necessary for Successful
In this course, you must be prepared to
view films and art and read works of literature intellectually, artistically,
critically, and analytically and be able to express these ideas both orally and
in written form, and demonstrate a knowledge of the history, conventions, and
practices of these industries and their interrelation to each other.
Expected Student Behaviors
The student will read/view texts with understanding and appreciation, reacting to and analyzing what he or she has
read/seen, by the date(s)
they are to be discussed.
The student will participate actively to lectures and discussions, asking/submitting questions for clarification on ideas or issues, if
The student will participate in discussion, offering his or her insights about the literature or asking the class or instructor for
clarification on material he or she does not completely understand.
The student will integrate and cite accurately information of other
writers, critics, or scholars, using those other opinions, beliefs, and/or
observations to support his or her own opinions, beliefs, and/or observations.
The student will synthesize lecture, discussion, and text materials to come to a more solid world view on the impact
these arts have and have had upon history, society, and the art world, and
|| Students will respect each other's personal beliefs and be committed to helping each other learn more about the course information
and themselves. Students will help each other become more confident in his or her own unique personal voice and see the authority in
his or her own personal experience.
The College's policy on plagiarism applies in this class; I will question you if your work does not appear to be your own. Keep all
notes, outlines, drafts, and finished assignments so that you can demonstrate that writing you have submitted is your own work,
should any question of plagiarism arise.
Tentative Class Schedule
Literature and Its Elements
|Read Fiction Lecture and assigned
readings from Understanding Literature
Read Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" and
"Désirée's Baby," Edgar Allen Poe's "The
Fall of the House of Usher," Richard Connell's "The
Most Dangerous Game," Charlotte Perkins Gilman's
Yellow Wall-paper," and Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park
Begin reading Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code
|Read Drama Lecture and assigned
readings from Understanding Literature
Read Susan Glaspell's "Trifles"
and Andrew Niccol's rough draft of
|Read Poetry Lecture and assigned
readings from Understanding Literature
Read Sharon Olds's "Sex
Without Love," Margaret Atwood's "Bored," Christina Rossetti's "Goblin
Market," Robert Frosts' "The
Road Not Taken," and John Keats's "Las
Belle Dame sans Merci"
First Form to Content Presentation : 10 or 15 February in A-321
Art and Its
|Read Chapters 1-3 in Looking
Art Lecture Notes
|Read Chapters 4-6 in Looking
Read Art Lecture
|Second Form to
Content Presentation : 3 or 8 March in A-321
Read Chapters 7-8 in Looking at Art
|Film and Its Elements
Note: No classes on
21 and 25 March for Spring Break
and Mise-en-scene Lecture and Understanding Movies, chapters 1 and 2
View Gattaca and
|Read Cinema History Lecture
Read Movement and Editing Lecture and Understanding Movies, chapters 3 and 4
Third Form to Content Presentation : 31 March or 5 April in A-321
Note: See me by 1:00
PM on 4/13/11
to withdraw from this class.
and Acting Lecture and Understanding Movies, chapters 5 and 6
|Bringing it All Together
18 April-6 May
11 May, 12:00 PM
Lecture and Understanding Movies, chapters 10 and 12
View Independence Day
and Men in Black
Evaluating The Da Vinci Code
Research Presentation: Likely at Honorspalooza
Instructor's Homepage | IVCC Homepage
Contact Kimberly M. Radek, the instructor of Film, Art, and Literature, at Kimberly_Radek@ivcc.edu .
This page was last updated on
04 February 2011. Copyright Kimberly M. Radek,