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ARTS 1301

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Art Appreciation
Prerequisite(s) None
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
Art Appreciation is a survey of world art from prehistory to the present. The course explores the relationship of art and artists to past cultures as well as the relevance of the visual arts in our time.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
Have a general knowledge of the visual arts from prehistoric times to the present day.
Know the chronology of artistic events through history.
Understand the ways in which the cultural, political, religious, and social climates of the ages have effected the visual arts.
Identify and discuss works of art through analysis of their structure, subject matter, and iconography.
Recognize and discuss the stylistic elements of artists and art movements.
Know the vocabulary of the visual arts.
Understand the creative process of the artist as influenced by the artist’s personal vision.

General Education Outcomes
1.    This course addresses the general educational outcome relating to communication skills as follows:
Students develop their speaking skills through classroom discussion.
Students develop their listening skills through lecture, slide, video, and film presentations.
Students develop their reading and writing skills through critical reading, weekly writing assignments, written critiques of art exhibitions, and a research paper.
Students learn the vocabulary of the visual arts.
2.    This course addresses the general educational outcome of effective individual and group problem-solving and critical thinking as follows:
Students work individually as well as in groups to explore the arts.
Students question and examine the concepts of "art", "artists", and "artwork" in a historical and global perspective.
Through discussion, critical reading, and analysis of selected art traditions and cultures students explore notions about the visual arts as cultural constructions that embody an array of concerns (e.g. aesthetics, status, ethnicity, gender, politics, economics, ritual, and religion.)
3.    This course addresses the general educational outcome of organizing information through the use of computer technology as follows:
Students use the Internet for research.
Students are required to visit a museum or gallery found on the Internet and write an analysis of their visit.

Course Content
Arts1301, Art Appreciation, is a survey of the visual arts from prehistory to the present. Through the use of lectures, discussion, slides, films, videotapes, art projects, and fieldtrips to museums and galleries, Art Appreciation explores the historical, cultural, political, religious, social climates through the ages and these climates effects on the visual arts.
Works of art studied on multiple levels, which include analysis of structure, subject matter, iconography, media, and style.
The lives and works of individual artists are studied.
This course gives the student a foundation for the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts by providing the student a general knowledge of the history, vocabulary, structure, and media of the visual arts. Art Appreciation reveals art as a form of human experience and expression practiced from the beginning of human existence to the present day.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives

The course grade is determined by the average of tests, writing assignments, museum and gallery visits, art projects, a research paper, and a final exam.

This course is assessed Spring Semester every three years. The assessment exam will contain slide identification and discussion. The construction of the exam will be the responsibility of the visual arts faculty under the direction of the chairman of Fine Arts. In semesters when this exam is administered the assessment exam will serve as the final exam for the course.
The evaluation of the results of the assessment examination will be the responsibility of the visual arts faculty and the chairman of the Fine Arts Department.

During the semester following the administration of the exam the chairman and faculty will review the results and consider modifications in course content, instructional improvement, and curriculum changes. All recommendations will be documented and used for strengthening the course.

Last Revised: Aug. 19, 2011
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