Course Summary
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14 weeks (75 hours)
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Art Appreciation


The course objective is to equip students with the vocabulary to understand and discuss art, while introducing them to various mediums. Students will learn themes of art, principles of design, types of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, and be taken on a tour of art through the ages. They will learn the different eras of art, how culture is affected and affects art, and how to use elements of a piece of work to identify its time period or artist.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the value of art, its many uses, and its history
  • Define the key vocabulary of art such as value, form, design, space, proportion, scale, balance, unity, and variety
  • Classify different two-dimensional mediums
  • Classify different three-dimensional physical mediums as well as abstract mediums like installations
  • Analyze art through the lens of history, its effects on culture, and culture's effects on art
  • Construct a formal analysis of a piece

General Topics:

  • Living with Art
  • What Is Art?
  • Themes of Art
  • The Visual Elements
  • Principles of Design
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Prints
  • Camera and Computer Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • Sculpture and Installation
  • Arts of Ritual and Daily Life
  • Architecture
  • Ancient Mediterranean Worlds
  • Christianity and the Formation of Europe
  • The Renaissance
  • The 17th and 18th Centuries
  • Arts of Islam and of Africa
  • Arts of Asia: India, China, and Japan
  • Arts of the Pacific and of the Americas
  • The Modern World: 1800–1945
  • From Modern to Postmodern
  • Contemporary Art around the World
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

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