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17 / SPRG2 - Late Spring 8-week Session

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Course Syllabus
17 / SPRG2 - Late Spring 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:

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 11th edition
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.

Additional Instructor Objectives

·To look at A LOT 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.

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 & 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, 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, 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!
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. And attendance is part of your grade.

Out of Class Activities

·There is a Museum/Gallery walk response paper that will be done outside of class.

Graded Activities

Four Exams260 Points
Description -

Each worth 65 points each. Multiple choice, matching and true/false questions.

Creative activity15 Points
Description -

Practicing what you learn about the elements of art and principles of design during a relaxed creative activity. (I'll bring the materials).

Method of Evaluation -
  • presence in class.
  • participation in exercise.
  • completion of exercise.
Critical Analysis40 Points
Description -

Work with a partner in class to study a work of art and present it to the class. You'll discuss formal composition and possible meanings of the artwork.

Method of Evaluation -

Completion of activity; successful presentation to the rest of the class.

Gallery walk paper40 Points
Description -

Visit, in person, a museum or gallery that is in Columbia or nearby. Select an artwork that you respond to and write a response paper.

Method of Evaluation -

Successful completion of selecting, identifying, discussing formal qualities and meaning of an artwork that you view in person.

Description -

I'll select 12 videos for you to view. Select your personal favorites and write response paragraphs of each (using conceptual art parameters for viewing art).

Method of Evaluation -

Successful discussion/viewing of videos; timely submission.


Grading Scale

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

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 during Week Two).
  • Practice quiz (to familiarize you with my test style)

The reading assignment is the document I'll upload: General Terms and Concepts.


  • What is art? in class discussion.

    Week 2
    • EXAM #1 (beginning of class).
    • LECTURE: Elements of art: line, color, value etc.
    • Go to Gallery and put new knowledge into practice.
    • Assign and discuss Museum/Gallery Walk paper due later in the term.

    Please read pages 36-67.


    Exam #1 tonight at the beginning of class.

    Week 3
    • LECTURE: Principles of Design
    • LECTUREFORMAL 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 at the beginning of class during Week Five.

    Week 4
    • EXAM 2 (at the beginning of class).
    • LECTURE: Art media; we’ll start with drawing, sculpture and painting.
    • Take a walk outside & look at the sculpture on campus.
    • Work in groups on Formal Analysis exercise.

    Weather permitting: Walk downtown (lots of public sculpture there too).


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


  • We'll set up in groups, select artworks, and work on formal analysis of these works; to be presented to the class during Week 5.

  • Examinations:

  • EXAM 2 tonight at the beginning of class.

    Week 5
    • LECTURE: on important painting styles. We’ll cover Impressionism and talk about 3 Modern Masters: Van Gogh, Picasso, & Jackson Pollock.
    • Present Formal Analysis Group Work.
    • EXAM REVIEW for 3rd test.


    • Read page 100 & 398 (on Van Gogh).
    • Read pages 376 - 391.
    • Read 400 - 405; page 421. (Guernica)
    • Read pages 433 - 437.



  • Groups will present their findings on formal analysis for the class.

    Week 6
    • EXAM 3 (first of the hour)
    • LECTURE: POP ART: Andy Warhol; and Conceptual Art in the 20th & 21st centuries.
    • Look at Art21 video shorts.
    • Demonstration: silkscreen


    • 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 this week. (Video Assignment).
    • EXAM REVIEW for 4th test.


    • 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).

  • Examinations:

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


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