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ARTT 103 - Art Appreciation

3 Semester Hours


The overall purpose of this course is to encourage an appreciation of Western Art. This is a highly visual course in which the student will examine and discuss works of art from the prehistoric to the contemporary periods. The student will be looking at and analyzing many images in order to gain an understanding of their form and content. The student will be analyzing the formal structure of various works of art as well as considering them in the context of the historical period and cultural framework in which they were produced. Recommended for non-art majors. (3 hours weekly)

Credits:               3
Prerequisites:     Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)
Instructor:          Daniel Riesmeyer

Overall Course Objectives | Major Course Topics | Course Format | Course Requirements | Materials | Exams

Overall Course Objectives

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

  1. Understand and apply the vocabulary of art.
  2. Identify the purposes of art and the roles of the artist.
  3. Distinguish the elements and principles of design and explain how they are being used in a given work of art.
  4. Recognize the material and process involved in the production of a work of art.
  5. Discuss art in a historical and cultural context.
  6. Demonstrate an overall understanding of the functions of art and will demonstrate a continued interest in learning about art.
  7. Apply learned concepts to the visual understanding of works of art in museums.
  8. Demonstrate in their verbal and written skills an awareness of art as a significant part of their personal heritage.

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Major Topics

I. Visual Literacy

II. Major Themes in Art

III. Value of Art to Society

IV. Elements of Art V. Principles of Design

VI. Art Media

  • Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Installation and Performance
  • Film and Video
  • Architecture

VII. The Visual Record Ancient

  • Middle Ages
  • Renaissance and Baroque
  • 18th and 19th Centuries
  • 20th and 21st Centuries
Course Requirements

Grading procedures will be determined by the individual faculty member and will include specified reading assignments and written exams.

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Materials Required:

Henry Sayre, A World of Art with CD-ROM: “Discovering Art,” Revised 4th Edition

Companion Website:\sayre

Self-testing materials offer an opportunity to evaluate your understanding of the chapter materials in a variety of formats.

Buy your textbooks from our online Bookstore, or visit our Bookstore. (Maps)

Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

Review the Technical Requirements link above. The following plug-ins are required for this course:

  • Internet Explorer or
  • Netscape
  • Real Player
  • Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word

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For purposes of verification and assessing learning outcomes, this course has one exam at the HCC Test Center for students in the local region or at a regional institution for remote students. The exam will have a flexible window of time during which it needs to be taken rather than a single date and time.

Other Course Information

This course is a Fine Arts and Humanities core course and a Fine Arts, Humanities and Arts and Sciences elective.

If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to Daniel Reismeyer,
Last updated on 16-May-14
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