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ART 106 - Art Appreciation

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course is intended to be a first level introductory art course for the beginning art students, as well as the student seeking a humanities elective in the visual arts. The student’s appreciation of art will be developed through aesthetics, disciplines, critical evaluations, projects, history and attendance at a real or virtual art show.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Distinguish between the psychological, social and political concepts of the visual arts, as well as the formal elements and principles.
  2. Draw conclusions from art work and demonstrate methods used to write critical articles.
  3. Distinguish artwork in categories of era, style, movement and medium.  
  4. Through short art projects the student will apply techniques of art such as drawing and painting (traditional course only)
Listed Topics
  1. Elements of art- line, shape, mass, space, time and motion, light, color, and texture
  2. Principles of design- unity and variety, balance, emphasis and subordination, directional forces, contrast, repetition and rhythm, scale and proportion
  3. Two-Dimensional art and mediums-drawing, painting, printmaking, camera arts and digital imaging, graphic design and illustration
  4. Three-Dimensional art and mediums- sculpture, clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber, architecture and environmental design
  5. History of art- eras (Paleolithic to current), movements, styles, mediums, artists and their work.
  6. 3 types of art criticism- formal theories, sociocultural theories, expressive theories
  7. 4-steps to critical evaluation of art- description, analysis, interpretation, and judgment
  8. Several short essays may inclued:
            a. Descriptive memory of artwork seen.
            b. Artwork related to community such as town sculptures and local artists work.
            c. Political artwork related to past, current and future events.
            d. Critical evaluation of art.
  9. Art projects such as:  drawing and painting related to still life, perspective and chiaroscuro
Reference Materials
Textbook: Artforms, Preble, Preble and Frank
Online resources: galleries, virtual museums
Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 12/13/2006

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