ARTS105: Art Appreciation

11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

The development of a satisfying discourse between the student and the work of art, employing a selective survey of major achievements and movements in the visual art of western civilization.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course will introduce the student to the visual arts from ancient times to present day. The student will learn the vocabulary used to discuss art, as well as investigate art-making materials and methods.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be include the images mentioned in the discussion prompt as well as at least 150 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. Each thread and reply must incorporate at least one scholarly citation in MLA format.

Color Wheel Assignment

The student will reproduce the color wheel as displayed in illustration 3.10 in the textbook. 

Artist Report Assignment

The student will write a 2-page research-based paper in current MLA format that focuses on an artist that was introduced in chapter 7 or 8. The paper must include at least 3 references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible.

Collage Assignment

The student will create a collage as discussed in chapter 6 of the textbook. The collage will visually communicate a biblical theme. The student will also upload a paragraph describing his/her art.

Non-Traditional Self-Portrait Assignment

As a way to engage both the historical and current trends of photography, the student will explore the concept of the “self-portrait” through the lens of a camera. Using a digital camera, the student will take 4 separate photographs of his/her chosen imagery, then write a short paragraph that explains the student’s non-traditional self portrait series and how the photographs represent the student.

Analysis Paper Assignment

The student will write a research-based paper in current MLA format that focuses on analyzing three different forms of art. The paper must include at least 3 references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible.

The paper will include 4 pages of content, one title page and one reference page.

What is Art? Essay Assignment

The student will write a one-page essay in current MLA format that focuses on the question: What is Art?

Quizzes (8)

Eight quizzes will cover the Learn material for the module in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice questions, and have a 30-minute time limit. Each quiz will allow 1 attempt.

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