ART-135: Art Appreciation

Liberal Arts
Art (art History)
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Art Appreciation
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ENG-081 eligible
Catalog Course Description

A global survey of the development of visual arts through studying major historic civilizations and cultures from the stone age to the present. Explains technical information on the materials, tools, and techniques used to create visual arts in different branches. Discusses how to interpret works of art by examining the contextual characteristics, the content, functionality and the culture(s) that produced it. Field work at a major museum/art gallery is required to strengthen student’s knowledge.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

This course in art appreciation introduces art techniques and presents a multitude of art imagery in association with explanations.

Core Course Topics
  1. Introduction to art.
  2. Vocabulary of terms.
  3. Two-dimensional media (drawing, painting, prints, camera art, and graphic design).
  4. Three-dimensional media (sculpture, applied arts, architecture).
  5. Arts in time (content of history to art explained timeframe and techniques developed chronologically).
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Explain how techniques were developed utilizing art concepts.
  2. Explain and discuss individual artistic styles.
  3. Present the context of explored research in front of an audience.
  4. Research an area of study and discuss its importance in the art world framework.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Instructional presentations will consist of:

  • A variety of multi-media:
    • slides
    • videos/films
    • DVDs
    • CD-ROMs
    • Internet
    • Displayed notations
  • Lectures accompanying the visual multi-media presentations
  • Required readings
  • Museum trips that supplement course lectures.

Student evaluations will consist of:

  • Examinations
    • Several quizzes are given throughout the course
    • Major exams are given within the class at measurable intervals
    • A written final examination is based on visual imagery studied throughout the course
  • Research
    • Assessing a written Research Paper with major points evaluated
    • Assessing key concepts of Research Paper within an oral presentation in a group setting

Gilbert’s Living With Art, 6th Ed, Mark Getlein, McGraw Hill 2002

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Department approval.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2015
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date