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 edition. If 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.
Make-up tests: Make-up tests will be allowed only for excused absences. Flat tires don't count. Be here.
June 25 Introduction to the class. Discussions about the nature of art.
26 Elements of Design. Work on Drawing Project.
30 Elements of Design. Drawing Project
July 1 Principles of Design. Drawing Project Due. Second Drawing Project.
2 Drawing Media. Second Drawing Project.
3 Painting. Test on Chapters 1-5.
7 Print Making. Second Drawing Project.
8 Photography. Second Drawing Project.
9 Graphic Design and Illustration. Second Drawing Project.
10 Sculpture. Second Drawing Project Due. Begin First Color Project . Test on Chapters 6-10.
14 Crafts. First Color Project.
15 Architecture. First Color Project.
16 Ancient Art. First Color Project.
17Medieval Art. First Color Project.
21 Renaissance Art. First Color Project Due. Begin Second Color Project.
22 Test on Chapters 11-16. Second Color Project.
23 17th & 18th Centuries. Second Color Project.
24 1800-1945. Second Color Project.
28 1945-Present. Second Color Project Due.
29 Test on Chapters 17-23. End of Mini-Semester.
Great Blue Herron
Gouache painting by
Girl in a Red Hat
Oil painting by
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
Chapter 6: Drawing
Chapter 7: Painting
Chapter 8: Printmaking
Chapter 9: Photography
Chapter 10: Graphic Design and Illustration
Chapter 11: Sculpture
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
Chapter 16: The Renaissance
Chapter 17: 17th and 18th Centuries
Chapter 18: Islam and
Chapter 21: The Modern World - 1800-1945