Art Appreciation


      Welcome to the Art Appreciation class.  This document has essential information for you to be successful in this class.   This class is designed to equip the non-art major with an understanding of, and an appreciation for, the world of visual art.  Even though you may have some experience in art, the class is taught as if the students are hearing it for the very first time.

     It is neither a particularly difficult class, nor a particularly easy class.  You will have to work hard and study hard in order to make a good grade.  I want every person in the class to make 100 on every graded work.  Whether or not you do is up to you.  In actuality, the grades in this class are average.  Some people do very well, some people do okay, and some people do not do well. Those who do very well are those who follow my advice about study habits and attendance.  Those who do not do well are usually those who have poor study habits and attendance.  It’s all about maturity and self-discipline.

    The text for this class is Mark Getlein’s Living With Art, 10th editionIf you have an older edition, it will do just fine.   I will teach the class with the chapters as a guide.  I do not, however, simply teach the book.  Having been a professional artist and teacher for over 40 years, most of what I say is from memory and personal experience.  It has been a long time since I used notes to teach an art class.  You, however, will be wise to take good notes and pay close attention in class.  You will also need to read the chapters we are going over before coming to class.  If you follow this advice, you will be much more likely to make a good grade.


    Attendance:  It is essential that you be in attendance for every class meeting.  A great deal of the material presented in class will not be found in the book. You will be responsible for both what is in the book, and what I say in class.  If you must be absent, you will need to get notes from a classmate.  I don’t have any.  If I announce a change in a due date or a test date, you are expected to know it whether or not you were in class.  Please don’t call or e-mail me for that information.  Get it from another student. I turn in attendance reports periodically.  If you are receiving financial assistance, you could find yourself in danger of losing it and repaying money received if your lack of attendance warrants it.


    Cell phones: Cell phones or cameras may be used to take photos of slides or whatever is happening in class.  You may not text, check messages or talk on a cell phone during class!!! 


    Audio recording of the lecture: Yes! Feel free. This is a non-distracting method of being able to hear the material again.  I encourage you to do it.  I have noticed that the students who record the lectures do very well in the class.


    Grades:  Your grades are determined by how well you do on tests and projects.  You receive exactly the grade you earn.  Grades are as follows:

89.5 -100 –  A

79.5 - 89.4 – B

69.5 – 79.4 – C

59.5 – 69.4 – D

59.4 and below – F

Your grades come from four chapter quizzes @100 points each and four hands-on projects @100 points each.  Grades will be posted on your Canvas account on the school website.


    Projects: You will have two projects requiring you to make something using art materials.  These are easy and fun projects, not requiring great artistic skills.  However, you will have to complete the assignment as directed in order to receive full credit.  Failure to follow the directions given to you will result in a loss of points. 

    Students with special needs: If you require a seat close to the front, or if you need extra time on tests, or any other special accommodation, please let me know.  I will make sure you have what you need.


    Contact me: My e-mail address is or . My telephone numbers are (Opelika) 334-749-5689 (home) or 334-740-5722 (cell).


    Make-up tests: Make-up tests will be allowed only for excused absences.  Flat tires don't count.  Be here.



 January 6:  Chapter 1    

               8   Chapter 2

              13  Introduction to the first project.

              15  Chapter 3

              20  Chapter 4

              22  Chapter 5

              27  Quiz #1 on Chapters 1-5.  After the quiz, work on the project in class.

              29  Chapter 6

February 3   Work on the project in class.

               5   Chapter 7

              10  Chapter 8

              12  Chapter 9 

              17  Chapter10

              19  Quiz #2 on Chapters 6-10. After the quiz, work on the project in class.

              24  Chapter 11

              26  Chapter 12.  Projects are due today.

March      3  Mid-Term Exam on chapters 1-12.

                5  Introduction the the second project.

              10  Chapter 13

              12  Chapter 14

              17  Chapter 15

              19  Chapter 16

Spring Break March 23-27

              31  Quiz #3 on Chapters 13-16

April         2  Chapter 17

                7  Chapter 18

                9  Chapter 19

              14  Chapter 20

              16  Quiz #4 on Chapters 17-20. After the quiz, work on the project in class.

              21  Chapter 21

              23  Chapter 22.  Projects are due today.

Final exams are the week of April 27-30. Exact dates will be posted later.









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Great Blue Herron

Gouache painting by

Carl Brenders

Description: vermeer girl in a red hat

Girl in a Red Hat

Oil painting by

Johannes Vermeer

Description: 13 taj mahal

Taj Mahal

Description: rembrandt-jan-six-1654

Portrait of Jan Six

Oil painting by

Rembrandt van Rijn



Chapter 1: Living With Art


Chapter 2: What is Art?


Chapter 3: Themes of Art



The Vocabulary of Art:

Chapter 4: The Visual Elements (Please check chapter 4 for details of project.)


Chapter 5: Principles of Design



Two-Dimensional Media

Chapter 6: Drawing


Chapter 7: Painting


Chapter 8: Printmaking


Chapter 9: Photography


Chapter 10: Graphic Design and Illustration



Three-Dimensional Media

Chapter 11: Sculpture


Chapter 12: Crafts    Click HERE for the mid-term study guide.   


chapters 13-22 are the second half of the semester


Chapter 13: Architecture 


The History of Art
Chapter 14: Pre-History and Ancient Mediterranean Worlds

Chapter 15: Christianity and the Formation of Europe


Chapter 16: The Renaissance


Chapter 17: 17th and 18th Centuries


Chapter 18: Islam and Africa


Chapter 19: Asia


Chapter 20: Pacific  Islands and the Americas


Chapter 21: The Modern World - 1800-1945


Chapter 22: Art since 1945   Click HERE for the final exam study guide.