ART 172 Art Appreciation (3 credits)

Course Description

This class is a basic historical survey of the visual arts from the western world.  We will discover the aesthetic value of visual art forms, how art is a part of our daily life, study the great masters and art periods of the past, discover how the arts affect and are affected by our culture, and expand your appreciation and understanding of the arts as a whole.  Overall, I would hope that in the end, you are inspired to further study in this area and to further appreciate the arts as an integral part of a fuller life.

Learning Results

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Identify major periods, artists, mediums, and subjects in art
• Demonstrate knowledge of the basics of visual art and its importance in relationship to the history of the Western World
• Reveal an awareness of artists’ techniques and styles, motifs, and perspectives
• Identify the social, religious, political, and economic conditions affecting art works, aesthetics, and movements
• Describe art controversies and how they affect society
• Summarize the traditions of Western art as it has evolved from its origins in ancient Greece to the present
• Identify the importance of art in relationship to Christianity and develop a Christian worldview for evaluating works of art based upon specific criteria


Learning Documentation

This course consists of 5 concept maps, 5 sets of discussion questions, an art/aesthetics paper, an art controversy paper, a museum report, 5 quizzes, a final project, and a final essay.

Learning Evaluation

The assignments range from 20 to 100 points except the final essay which is 150 points for a total of 1,000 points possible.

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