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 ARH 1000

UNDERSTANDING VISUAL ART

SP09 SYLLABUS(pdf format)

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Understanding Visual Art is an introduction to the visual arts. It surveys techniques,
composition, materials terminology, and the culture and social influences of art forms. The class is
presented in lecture format and is visually oriented.  Designed for the non-art major; this course
provides a foundation for understanding the visual arts.  College level reading and writing skills are required.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES: 

• Gain an overall introductory view of the visual arts by developing a basic understanding and
appreciation of the arts
• Learn about a variety of techniques and mediums used in the creation of art
• Gain knowledge of particular artists and artistic periods
• Learn to express thoughts and ideas in response to various works of art through class discussions
and written analysis in order to illustrate a basic knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts


COURSE OUTCOMES: 

Upon successful completion of this course, the students should be able to identify
the different art periods describe the form and content of these historical periods
in their cultural context, and identify the media and techniques used by the artists.

 

UNITS: 

UNIT 1: ANALYSIS OF FORM AND CONTENT
1.0 THE STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE TWO MAJOR ASPECTS OF AN ART
WORK, FORM AND CONTENT, AND EXPLAIN HOW THEY FUNCTION WITHIN AN ART OBJECT.
1 .1 EXPLAIN THE CONTENT AS A NARRATION.
1.2 DESCRIBE CULTURAL AND SOCIAL INFLUENCES ON THE CONTENT OF A WORK OF ART.
1.3 DISTINGUISH HOW FORM DIFFERENTIATES THE APPEARANCE OF IDENTICAL THEMATIC
CONTENT.
1.4 RECOGNIZE HOW FORM AND CONTENT FUNCTION IN TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY
WORLD ARTS.
1.5 RECOGNIZE THE USE OF ART TO CONVEY SYMBOLIC, RELIGIOUS, SOCIAL, OR POLITICAL
MESSAGES AS PRESENTED TO US BY VARIOUS PAST AND PRESENT
INTERNATIONAL CIVILIZATIONS.

UNIT 2: ELEMENTS OF ART
2.0 THE STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY AND DESCRIBE THE ELEMENTS OF ART AND
THEIR EFFECT ON THE FORM OF AN ART WORK.
2.1 RECOGNIZE THE USE OF LINE IN ART.
2.2 DESCRIBE THE FUNCTION OF SHAPE IN A WORK OF ART.
2.3 EXPLAIN THE SYSTEM OF TONAL VALUES IN A WORK OF ART.
2.4 DESCRIBE THE TEXTURAL QUALITIES IN AN ART OBJECT.
2.5 IDENTIFY THE PRINCIPLES OF COLOR THEORY AS APPLIED TO A WORK OF ART.
2.6 RECOGNIZE MASS IN SCULPTURAL AND ARCHITECTURAL APPLICATIONS.
2.7 RECOGNIZE THE FUNCTION OF SPACE.
2.8 DESCRIBE HOW ARTISTS UTILIZE MOTION.

UNIT 3: PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN
3.0 THE STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO DESCRIBE AND CONTRAST CONCEPTS OF
COMPOSITION TO CREATE A WORK OF ART.
3.1 IDENTIFY THE PRINCIPLE OF UNITY IN A WORK OF ART.
3.2 RECOGNIZE THE USE OF EMPHASIS OR FOCAL POINT.
3.3 DESCRIBE THE USE OF BALANCE.
3.4 EXPLAIN THE USE OF SCALE AND PROPORTION.
3.5 IDENTIFY THE PRINCIPLE OF RHYTHM.
3.6 ANALYZE COMPOSITIONAL DEVISES INCLUDING LINEAR AND AERIAL PERSPECTIVES.

UNIT 4: ART CRITICISM/EVALUATION
4.0 THE STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO DESCRIBE CRITERIA BY WHICH ARTWORKS MAY BE
EVALUATED.
4.1 EXAMINE THE VIEWER'S STATE OF EMPATHY: HOW DIFFERENT PEOPLE REGARD ART
WITHIN VARIOUS MULTICULTURAL CONTEXTS.
4.2 EXAMINE AND DESCRIBE SELECTED EXAMPLES OF ART

UNIT 5: MEDIA AND TECHNIQUES
5.0 THE STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY AND DESCRIBE THE MEDIA AND
TECHNIQUES OF ART. 5.1 RECOGNIZE THE TECHNIQUES OF SCULPTURE, METHODS OF PAINTING, DRAWING, PRINTMAKING
TECHNIQUES, AND THE METHODS OF ARCHITECTURAL CONSTRUCTION.
5.2 IDENTIFY THE FINE CRAFTS.
5.3 RECOGNIZE THE VARIOUS EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA.

UNIT 6: MAJOR WORLD ART MOVEMENTS-
6.0 THE STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE MAJOR ART FORMS OF HISTORICAL
PERIODS AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO CULTURAL VALUES. 
6.1 IDENTIFY AND DESCRIBE:
6.1.1 PREHISTORY
6.1.2 THE MIDDLE AGES
6.1.3 RENAISSANCE, BAROQUE, AND ROCOCO
6.1.4 OTHER MAJOR ART MOVEMENTS
6.2 IDENTIFY AND DESCRIBE THE IMPACT OF INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCES ON THE MAJOR
ART MOVEMENTS OF THE LAST TWO CENTURIES.
6.3 IDENTIFY AND DESCRIBE NEW DIRECTIONS IN CONTENT AND FORM OF THE
CONTEMPORARY ART MOVEMENT.