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Administrative Unit: Visual Arts and Music
Course Prefix and Number: ARTS 105
Course Title: Art Appreciation
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Introduction to the place of visual art in modern society, to the vocabulary used in discussing a work of art, and to a few of the studio techniques artists use to produce two- and three- dimensional art works. G.E.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

A sketchbook is required for this course.

A World of Art
By Sayre, Henry (Prentice Hall)
Course Objectives
  • To examine art from the viewpoint of the artist, the culture and the viewer.
  • To explore the formal characteristics of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art.
  • To examine the various media that artists use to express their concepts.
  • To develop a vocabulary of artistic terms that can be utilized when discussing works of art.
    Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze the form of a work of art, including ability to identify and describe artistic media, visual elements and the formal design elements.
  • Analyze the content of a work of art, including style, conceptual and philosophical concerns, cultural and artistic influences and aesthetics.
  • Identify the visual elements of line, space, light and color.
  • Explain and describe the methods for using space and time in visual art.
  • Explain and describe how visual elements are organized within a composition.
  • Identify 2-dimensional art media including printmaking, drawing, painting, photography and graphic design.
  • Identify 3-dimensional techniques and media, including sculpture and ceramics.
    Topical Outline:
  • The physical and psychological processes of seeing
  • Describing the world in artistic terms
  • Imagination and art
  • The concept of beauty in art
  • Viewing art in context
  • Art and politics
  • The formal design elements
  • 2-dimensional space
  • 3-dimensional space
  • Light and color
  • Texture, pattern
  • Time and motion
  • Principles of design
  • Fine art media: drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, ceramics
  • The applied arts

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Michael Sleadd Date: September 27, 2005
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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