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17 / FALL1 - Early Fall 8-Week Session

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Course Syllabus
17 / FALL1 - Early Fall 8-Week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: ARTS 105
Course Title: Art Appreciation
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Mon 
Additional Notes:

There is no class September 4th, 2017 in observance of Labor day. The make up day is Friday September 8th, 2017.

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.


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.


Prebles' Artforms
Author: Patrick Frank (Pearson)
ISBN: 9780205968114

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.

Special Course Requirements

There are 4 exams (every 2 weeks) and a required Museum or Gallery visit and a short response paper. Other assignments include:
·Video homework (you watch these at home).
·Formal analysis of an artwork in class.
·What is art?in class activity.

I will keeping rolling announcements on D2L so that?you don’t miss anything. There will be in class exercises, discussion and?activities as well.

Instructional Methods

The course material will be presented through PowerPoint slide lectures, videos, class activities and discussions, independent investigation and reflection through homework assignments and gallery walks on campus and downtown if time and weather allow.
To start, I will introduce you to general terms and concepts so that we all start out with the same knowledge base. To develop a vocabulary about artmaking, we'll cover the Elements of Art and?Principles of Design.? We'll also go through the process of looking closely at artworks and analyzing them in an effort to find meaning, if any!? We'll move on to the various media areas (like sculpture, painting, photography, etc.), and then I'll introduce you to some specific artists from the past and the present who have changed artmaking for all time. Many of these artists you'll already know-like Vincent Van Gogh or Andy Warhol, but others will be new to you. Lastly, we'll move into contemporary artworks and talk about important 20th and 21st century art movements: modernist & postmodernist architecture, Pop art, conceptual art, and earthworks.?

In this course, it is expected that all students are active participants in their learning, and participate in all class activities and discussion. It always amazes me that everyone claims to know nothing about art, yet everyone uses the web, goes to movies, watches Youtube videos, and has a phone to access the outside world! These are all sources of our shared culture and this is exactly where art comes from. You know more than you think you do!

I will post the lecture outlines for each night's work prior to class. Print it off and bring it to class. This way, unfamiliar names and words will be in front of you. Having a print out facilitates notetaking as well.?

I also post an Exam Review for each test (in PowerPoint). We'll do extensive reviews in class for each test, so be prepared with any questions you may have.

The key to success is keeping up and being present in class. There are eight classes so attendance and being present, in mind and body, are important.

Out of Class Activities

A Museum or Gallery walk response paper will be assigned early in the term, though it is not due until later after you've gained some experience looking at artworks. This assignment always ends up being a class favorite: NOTHING can replace standing 10 inches away from a real Picasso!

Graded Activities

Four Exam65 each Points
Description -

Each exam consists of Multiple choice, T/F and matching questions.

Description -

Written personal response to visiting a museum or gallery, selecting a work you like (or hate!) and responding to it.

Description -

Video assignment homework assigned tonight. In this homework, I will assign you a group of videos to review at home.  These videos cover the last 40 years and go from early classics to contemporary productions. You'll select several and write a response to each. (due: Monday of Week Seven).

WHAT IS ART in class activity.10 Points
Description -

ACTIVITY & DISCUSSION:?What is art???Bring your fully charged cell phone: you're going to need it in this group activity where we solicit responses from friends and family members then discuss this important question as a class.

Description -

Each student will select or be assigned an artwork. Each person will be given time in class to present this work to the class and discuss: ?full description and formal analysis, and meaning/content if there is any. Due Monday of Week Five.

In class creative activity10 Points
Description -

We will do a creative in class activity in which you learn the elements of art & principles of design by doing them! (I will bring materials).


Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Additional Information / Instructions

Doing well on exams
Studying in art appreciation:
First, ask yourself if you're?spending enough time with the information.?? You probably have some idea about how your mind processes new information. Art is often a foreign subject matter for many people, so adjust your expectations and?study commitment accordingly.? Be honest with yourself: do you spend enough time with this material!?

Making?lists of new terms & definitions (or flashcards) is good & works for many people.?Making those definitions (explanations) as succinct as possible, is often how some people work best while others want wordy and complete explanations. Bulleted lists are personal favorites. Find a method that fits the way you learn.

Did you simply memorize the bare essentials of what you see in the Review, or do you expand on what you saw there, defining stuff, answering the questions, and attempting to make sense out of the information so that you had a?true understanding?(and not simply a few points to memorize)?

Also, are you bothering to?read the textbook??I know that not everyone needs the support of a text.?However, sometimes the old fashioned method of picking up a book and reading helps?to organize and visualize what you learn. ?AND do you re-read and study the Lecture outlines that I post?

Some people work well with?study partners.?This might be something to consider because often people will hear something that you’ve missed (and vice versa).

Let the?exam review?provide the structure for your studying.?There’s a reason why I create them.

Finally,?how’s your attendance? There is something about seeing and hearing new information delivered simultaneously that make it accessible. Also, are you engaged while in class?? Do you look and listen or do you play games on your phone and daydream?? BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF. There is every opportunity to do well in this class but only IF YOU ENGAGE your mind and body for the time?we're in class. ?And FYI: as the term progresses, the exams become more dependent on the lectures.?

THIS IS IMPORTANT:??When talking about art, I use the?specific?to refer to?general?concepts or ideas. This means that I might use the painter Georgia O'Keeffe to talk about the use of organic lines in artworks for example. Then, if you see Georgia O'Keeffe on my list of artists (on the Exam Review), you'll remember that I used her to discuss the use of organic forms and you should refer to her and her artworks to understand the idea of organic forms.??OR, I might use Monet to talk about the painting style in 19th century France called Impressionism. This means that you would use his works and style to understand the entire style we call Impressionism.? OR,?Jackson Pollock is an Abstract Expressionist painter.? We use him to talk about the early non-objective work by all American artists in the first half of the 20th century.? So if you know about Pollock, you can apply your knowledge more broadly to the entire style of Abex painting (& early non-objective work in general).??OR?I might use a particular statue of the Egyptian pharaoh, Khafre, to talk about the standards and symbols used by Egyptians for thousands of years to depict power and rulership.? I?hope this is starting to make sense to you. I think as this course goes on, you'll feel more comfortable with the way we think and talk about art.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Introduction to Course; General Terms & Concepts
  • Introduction to course
  • We'll introduce ourselves
  • Look at Syllabus and go over goals for this course
  • LECTURE: General Terms & Concepts
  • ACTIVITY & DISCUSSION: What is art? ?Bring your fully charged cell phone: you're going to need it in this group activity where we solicit responses from friends and family members then discuss this important question as a class.
  • Exam Review for our first exam (given on FRIDAY of Week Two).
  • Practice quiz (to familiarize you with my test style)

Reading assignments are listed on the Calendar for each week. Ideally, you need to have that week's reading done when you come to class. Please read pages 2 - 35. Print off, read, and bring to class a handout on D2L called General Terms & Concepts.


Our first exam is also on FRIDAY of Week Two.

Additional Notes:

Be sure you have a fully charged cell phone with you tonight.

Week 2


  • EXAM #1 (first of class).
  • LECTURE: Elements of art: line, color, value etc.
  • Go to Gallery and put new knowledge into practice.
  • In class exercise to learn elements of art.
  • Since we’re meeting on Friday, might do a gallery walk downtown depending on what’s happening there.

Please read pages 36 -67.



We'll take our first exam when class begins. When everyone is finished, I'll lecture on the Elements of Art, the Visual tools used by artists to create artworks.
We'll also go over the?Museum/gallery walk assignment?(due later in term).


EXAM #1 tonight (at the beginning of class).

Week 3
  • LECTURE: Principles of Design
  • LECTURE: FORMAL ANALYSIS:?Analyzing artworks for content & meaning.
  • ACTIVITY: Go to Gallery; talk about what we see
  • Exam Review (for Exam 2)

Please read pages 68 - 95.


ASSIGNED: You will be assigned a description paper to complete over the week; due Monday of Week Five.

Week 4
  • EXAM 2 (first thing we’ll do).
  • LECTURE: Art media; we’ll start with drawing, sculpture and painting.
  • Take a walk outside & look at the sculpture on campus.?
  • Weather permitting: Walk downtown (lots of public sculpture there too).

Please read pages 96 - 127 and pages 188 -205; 465 - 467.


EXAM TWO IS TONIGHT, and we'll do it when class begins.

Week 5
  • LECTURE: on important painting styles. We’ll cover Impressionism and talk about 3 Modern Masters: Van Gogh, Picasso, & Jackson Pollock.
  • Film on Van Gogh
  • Exam Review for 3rd Exam
  • Read page 100 & 398 (on Van Gogh).
  • Read pages 376 - 391.
  • Read 400 - 405; page 421. (Guernica)
  • Read 433 - 437.

Exam Review tonight for our 3rd Exam on Monday of Week Six.

Week 6
  • EXAM 3 (first of the hour)
  • LECTURE: POP ART: Andy Warhol; and Conceptual Art in the 20th & 21st centuries.
  • Look at video shorts. (Art21 etc.)
  • Please read pages 411 - 415.
  • Read pages 444 - 459.
  • Read pages 471 - 484.



Video assignment homework assigned tonight. In this homework, I will assign you a group of videos to review at home. ?These videos cover the last 40 years and go from early classics to contemporary productions. You'll select several and write a response to each.?(due: Monday of Week Seven).

Week 7
  • LECTURE: Modernist & Postmodernist architecture.
  • LECTURE: the medium, Photography.
  • Art21 video shorts. (or film on Frank Lloyd Wright)
  • Discussion?on homework you're turning in tonight. (Video Assignment).
  • Exam Review for 4th Exam.
  • Please read 419 - 420; 438 - 439, 462 - 464.
  • Read pages 406 (Stieglitz); 468.
Week 8
  • LECTURE: Earthworks, conceptual art genre.
  • EXAM #4.

Please read pages 452 -454 (earthworks & site specific work).??



We'll take Exam 4 tonight (the last exam in this course).


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