Art Appreciation – ARTS 105

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

The development of 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.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

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

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the outlines of the history of art.
  2. Evaluate artworks from the pre-historical, Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Modern periods.
  3. Identify the media and techniques that artists have used to create their works.
  4. Critique the art of the western tradition within the framework of the Christian worldview.
  5. Define how western art has expressed, impacted, and informed the Christian worldview historically.

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 Module/Week 1

Blogs (2)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each blog. Each thread must be 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.

Project 1: Color Wheel

The student will reproduce the color wheel as displayed in illustration 4.24 in the textbook. The student will also reproduce the colors of the visible spectrum as displayed in illustration 4.23b.

Artist Report

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.

Project 2: Collage

The student will create a collage as discussed in chapter 6 of the textbook. The collage will visually communicate a biblical theme.

Project 3: Non-Traditional Self-Portrait

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.

Analysis Paper

The student will write a 2-page research-based paper in current MLA format that focuses on analyzing a work of art. The paper must include at least 3 references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible.

What is Art? Essay

The student will write a 1-page essay in current MLA format that focuses on the question “What is Art?”

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week 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.