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
Develop an understanding of what art is along with role art has played throughout the cultural context of human development
- Vocabulary of terms
Define and utilize the some of the major terms used in the making, viewing, and understanding art
- Two-dimensional media (drawing, painting, prints, camera art, and graphic design).
Define the similarities and differences between different two-dimensional medial
- Three-dimensional media (sculpture, applied arts, architecture).
Define the similarities and differences between different three dimensional media
- Techniques of art making
Establish an awareness of the technique of making art, and what it means to be an artist
- Artistic styles
Demonstrate an aesthetic awareness of the development individualistic artistic styles
- Arts in time (content of history to art explained timeframe and techniques developed chronologically).
Demonstrate an aesthetic awareness of the chronological development of some of the major art trends throughout history and explain the importance each within its cultural context.
Assessment and Requirements
- Class participation
- Class discussions
- Written essays and/or research paper as determined by the instructor and described in the course syllabus
- Quizzes and/or tests as determined by the instructor and described in the course syllabus
- Possible museum and/or gallery visit as determined by the instructor and described in the course syllabus
- Humanities and Fine Arts
- Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts