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Distance Education · Visual and Performing Arts · Art - ARTS

Art Appreciation

  • Summer II 2018
  • Section N04 CRN-40403
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/05/2018 to 08/02/2018
  • Modified 08/01/2018

Meeting Times

This is an online class. Students need to go to eCampus to login and complete the class. Information on taking an online class is sent to the student's Blinn email by Distance Learning. Students need to check their email and take any orientations to Distance Learning that are sent out. Weekly attendance is required in this course. Attendance policies are explained in further detail under Course Policies in this syllabus.

Contact Information

Instructor: Hana Shoup

Office Hours

  • Online

Office Hours are conducted online from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Wednesdays.

I will respond to emails sent during office hours as promptly as possible, and otherwise within 24 hours Monday - Friday. Emails sent after 5 pm on Friday will be replied to by 11:00 am Monday morning. 


A general introduction to the visual arts designed to create an appreciation of the vocabulary, media, techniques, and purposes of the creative process. Students will critically interpret and evaluate works of art within formal, cultural, and historical contexts.

3 class hours per week; 48 total contact hours. Credit: 3 semester hours.

Core Curriculum Statement

Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge in human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning. For details relating to this core course, please see:


Apply art terminology as it specifically relates to works of art.

Demonstrate knowledge of art elements and principles of design.

Differentiate between the processes and materials used in the production of various works of art.

Critically interpret and evaluate works of art.

Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of arts on culture.


Living With Art 11th Ed. By Mark Getlein
ISBN: 9781260180688

Course Requirements

Weekly class participation is required. 

Students will be expected to attend all classes (or enter on-line sites), purchase books, packets and instruments as indicated by instructor, take quizzes and tests, participate in class as individual or in group discussions, write short and long essays describing, interpreting, analyzing, comparing art, and drawing conclusions pertaining to different art periods or artists, submit typed assignments, and take a comprehensive final exam.

 Once the semester starts, you will go to the eCampus site to:

  • Send email to and receive email from the instructor.
  • Check the calendar and note the due dates for assignments and tests.
  • Check “news” for any announcements from the instructor.
  • Access and watch videos and links posted.
  • Take your weekly quizzes over course material.
  • Complete two exams.
  • Complete homework assignments, including an optional gallery or museum visit.
  • Complete course discussions.
  • Fulfill attendance requirements (see Attendance Policy).


 You will need to be able to access a computer several times a week during the course of the semester. There are multimedia objects (pictures, video and audio) in this course, so a high-speed connection will be necessary. You will need a basic word processing program, PowerPoint viewer to view any PowerPoints, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Flash, and QuickTime may also be required for some of the videos. You will need sound to hear any lectures or Tegrity recordings that may be posted as well, in addition to other videos posted.

Computers are available for student use in campus libraries, therefore computer issues are not an excusable reason for late or missed assignments. 


Extra credit can be earned by a gallery visit, for which you will need to visit an art gallery or art museum within your local area approved by your instructor.  




Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Major Projects/Homework 20%

There will be two assignments due for this course categorized under Homework. This will include written assignments.  There will be an optional gallery visit for extra credit. 

Quizzes 20%

There will be weekly quizzes covering the course material. These quizzes are worth 20% of your grade. 

You will need your textbook and may use the textbook during the quiz.

All quizzes are available online for several days. The quizzes may be taken once only and have no time limit. There will be no make-up of quizzes without a valid reason.

Class Participation 20%

The class participation grade is based on 1. participation in class discussions and 2. viewing the links and powerpoints for every chapter. These videos show various aspects of art and interviews with artists. Your viewing of these online activities is recorded within eCampus and contributes to your participation grade. A low percentage of completion results in points lost from the participation grade. There will also be four discussion posts. Participation includes your posts as well as your replies to your classmates. Failure to complete any discussion post results in points lost from your participation grade. For each week of the semester, you are also required to complete the reading assigned from the textbook, as outlined in the calendar and modules on eCampus. The Discussions and Quizzes are based on the textbook and on content from videos. 

Midterm Exam 20%

Midterm Exam (covering Chapters 1 - 10) and any additional course material assigned.

Final Exam 20%

Final Exam covering Chapters 1 - 23 and any additional course content assigned.

Total 100%


A (100 - 90%)  
B ( 89 - 80%)  
C ( 79 - 70%)  
D ( 69 - 60%)  
F ( < 60%)

Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Procedures Manual are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s BlinnBuc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for BlinnBuc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies

Late Work

Assignment due dates are posted on eCampus. All assignments are expected to be turned in on time. Late assignments are not accepted without penalty unless the student and the instructor agree on a different due date in advance of the original due date. The late penalty is the lowering of one letter grade per day. Computer problems are not an excuse for late work. Computers are available at the computer labs in Bryan and Brenham, and in the libraries on all campuses. If you have computer problems, you should let the instructor know. Late quizzes and exams are not accepted without a valid reason. After Aug 1, no assignments aside will be accepted.

Make-up quizzes and exams

There will be no makeup of quizzes or exams without an authorized excuse or instructor permission. Quizzes are online typically for 5 days. If you are sick or have a valid reason for not completing a quiz on time, you must contact the instructor. Exams are also online for several days. Students must contact the instructor before the exam deadline to request an extension. Extensions for exams are not automatically granted and may be made up only with the instructor’s permission. If in doubt about the validity of your excuse, please contact the instructor anyway.


If a student chooses to drop the course, it is that student’s responsibility to complete a drop order at the Office of Enrollment Services. Failure to do so could result in a grade F in the course. The last day to drop with a “Q” is July 27. If a student drops or is dropped after that date, an automatic QF is assigned. Note that a “QF” is calculated the same as an “F” in grade point average. Please check to make sure your status is a “Q” if you are not finishing the class, do not wait until the last minute to drop. It is important that you take responsibility for dropping the class before the deadline.


Being civil in an online class means both being civil in discussions when responding to other students and the instructor and being honest when taking exams and completing homework assignments. Rude and inappropriate comments during discussions may be removed by the instructor. Students are expected to review and utilize the information available on Netiquette, viewable at


Students can expect to see grades posted within two weeks of the submission deadline for an assignment. 


Regular attendance is required.  You must log into the course at least three times per week and complete all assignments for the week (including quizzes, essays, discussions, homework assignments, exams) to be counted present for that week. As per Blinn College policy, two weeks worth of unexcused absences results in being dropped from the course. Therefore, if you fail to login three times AND do not complete the required assignments, you will be counted absent for the week. If you are absent during two consecutive or two separate weeks, you will be dropped from this course. Logging in alone does not constitute attendance. It is your responsibility to contact me as soon as possible should you have any problems completing any assignments or you have a request for an excused absence. 


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Week 1 (Starts July 5)

Lecture(s): Living with Art; What is Art?; Themes of Art

Reading(s): Textbook Chapter 1, PowerPoint Chapter 1; Textbook Chapter 2, PowerPoint Chapter 2; Textbook Chapter 3, PowerPoint Chapter 3, additional readings and links online as posted.

Assignment(s): Quiz: Syllabus and Course Policy; Discussion Post 1: Introductions; Quiz: Chapters 1,2,3; Discussion Post 2. 

Note: Quiz: Syllabus & Course Policy is Due Friday by midnight. Discussion Post 1 by Friday by Midnight. Quiz Chapter 1-3 and Discussion Post 2 are Due Sunday by midnight

Contact Hours: 9.6 hrs for the week



Week 2 (starts July 9)

Lecture(s): The Visual Elements; Principles of Design; Drawing and Painting; Prints, Graphic Design

Reading(s): Textbook Chapters 4, PowerPoint Chapters 4; Textbook Chapters 5, PowerPoint Chapter 5; Textbook Chapters 6 and 7, PowerPoint Chapters 6 and 7; Textbook Chapters 8 and 10 (9 will be covered separately), PowerPoint Chapters 8 and 10. Additional links and readings as posted online.

Assignment(s): Discussion Post 3: Elements of Art; Quiz: Chapters 4, 5, 6 & 7; Quiz: Chapters 8 & 10; Homework 1: Comparison; 

All Assignments Due Friday by midnight

Contact Hours: 9.6 hrs for the week



Week 3 (Starts July 16)

Lecture(s): Camera and Computer Arts; Midterm Exam; Sculpture and Installation; Arts of Ritual and Daily Life, Architecture; Arts in Time: Ancient Mediterranean Worlds, Christianity and the Formation of Europe

Reading(s): Textbook Chapter 9, PowerPoint Chapter 9; Textbook Chapter 11, PowerPoint Chapter 11; Textbook Chapters 12 & 13, PowerPoint Chapters 12 & 13; Textbook Chapters 14 & 15, PowerPoint Chapters 14 & 15. Additional links and readings online as posted. 

Assignment(s): Quiz; Chapter 9, 11, Midterm Exam (Chapters 1 - 10) Quiz: Chapters 12 & 13, Quiz: Chapters 14 & 15

All Assignments Due Friday by Midnight

 Contact Hours: 9.6 hrs for the week

Week 4 (Starts July 23)

Lecture(s): Arts in Time: The Renaissance, The 17th and 18th Centuries; Arts in Time: Arts of Islam and of Africa, Arts of Asia: India, China, and Japan; Arts in Time: Arts of the Pacific and of the Americas, The Modern World: 1800-1945

Reading(s): Textbook Chapters 16 & 17, PowerPoint Chapters 16 & 17; Textbook Chapters 18 and 19, PowerPoint Chapters 18 and 19; Textbook Chapters 20 & 21, PowerPoint Chapters 20 & 21. Additional links and readings online as posted. 

Assignment(s): Quiz: Chapters 16 & 17; Chapters 18 & 19; Chapters 20 & 21, Homework 2: Cultural Connections: Japan and the West

*Last day to drop with a Q is July 27

Contact Hours: 9.6 hrs for the week


Week 5 (Starts July 30)

Lecture(s): Arts in Time: From Modern to Postmodern, Opening Up to the World

Reading(s): Textbook Chapters 22 & 23, PowerPoint Chapters 22 & 23. Additional links and readings online as posted. 

Assignment(s): Quiz: Chapters 22 & 23; Discussion 5: Debating Duchamp's Influence 

All extra credit (Gallery Visit or Museum Visit) due Aug. 1 by midnight

FINAL EXAM: Chapters 1-23. The exam will be available to take online Aug. 1 at 8:00 am and ending at Midnight. 

Contact Hours: 9.6 hrs for the week


Contact Hours

Total Contact hours 48