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Course Description

An illustrated lecture course that surveys and introduces the visual arts from historical to contemporary times, and teaches students the basic concepts of seeing and appreciating art. ADVISORY: English 250 and English 260.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define and describe graphics and artworks utilizing design elements and principles such as: line, shape, volume, balance, emphasis, economy, variety, repetition, rhythm, space, texture, value, and color.
  • Students can define and describe cultural and artistic developments in five geographical regions of the world, which includes the Mediterranean, Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe and the United States. Be able to recognize and discuss the iconography of specified works of art, as well as the iconography of popular works of art during different historical periods and from different geographical and cultural areas. Compare and contrast cultural and historical developments and the influences of various artforms. Recognize cross cultural influences in both historical and contemporary artforms. Differentiate and discriminate the differences and similarities in form, function and style of various artistic traditions.
  • Student can compare and contrast various artworks and artforms from a variety of cultures. Students can discuss ideas and meaning from artworks by minorities, women, and outsider artists. Be able to attribute selected unknown works of art to an artist, culture country and or style, giving the reasons for attribution. Be able to compare two or more works of art on the basis of style, using correct terminology, both verbally and in writing. Be able to identify media, stylistic characteristics, influences, and artistic concerns of major artists and/or cultures.
  • Be able to respond to works of art on both intellectual and emotional levels. The student will be capable of critiquing such works both verbally and in writing, basing the critique comments on artistic and aesthetic language learned in class
  • Students can define and describe various artmaking techniques from a variety of artforms and mediums.
  • Student can define and describe interdisciplinary relationships between Art and other disciplines such as history, multicultural studies, sociology, religion, and anthropology. Be able to identify philosophical movements, religious concepts, historical figures, events and places and discuss their relationship to works of art.
  • Students can express themselves creatively using a wide variety of art materials. Demonstrate and apply basic materials, methods and equipment used in making art.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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