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
This course in art appreciation introduces art techniques and presents a multitude of art imagery in association with explanations.
- Introduction to art.
- Vocabulary of terms.
- Two-dimensional media (drawing, painting, prints, camera art, and graphic design).
- Three-dimensional media (sculpture, applied arts, architecture).
- Arts in time (content of history to art explained timeframe and techniques developed chronologically).
- Explain how techniques were developed utilizing art concepts.
- Explain and discuss individual artistic styles.
- Present the context of explored research in front of an audience.
- Research an area of study and discuss its importance in the art world framework.*
Assessment and Requirements
Instructional presentations will consist of:
- A variety of multi-media:
- Displayed notations
- Lectures accompanying the visual multi-media presentations
- Required readings
- Museum trips that supplement course lectures.
Student evaluations will consist of:
- 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
- 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