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Distance Education · Visual and Performing Arts · Art - ARTS

Art Appreciation

  • Summer II 2018
  • Section N03 CRN-40139
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/05/2018 to 08/02/2018
  • Modified 06/26/2018

Meeting Times


Contact Information

Instructor:  Mr. John Speck

Office: N/A 

Phone: * 361-463-7785 (please do not call/text before 8 am or after 8 pm) *Best Contact for testing emergencies and for use during my office hours.  A response to emails or phone calls should be expected within 24 hours.

Email: Please use the eCampus course email (Go to:  Tools>email) for the quickest response to your questions and concerns regarding the class.  If necessary, you may also contact me at [email protected]

Office Hours:  Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 PM.  


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.


Required Text: Living with Art, 11th Ed. By Mark Getlein.


Course Requirements

Students will complete all readings, discussions and assignments in Modules 1 - 7, which will include: 

1 Final Exam- (Comprehensive) 

4 Discussions 

8 Quizzes 

2 Art Projects 

Some possible supplies for art projects may include:  basic home/office/art materials, some type of simple computer imaging software, such as "Paint," and a digital camera/camera phone or scanner to upload photos of your projects online.

Comprehensive Exam: Final

Students will take 7 online quizzes at home, school, or the location of their preference.  However, the final exam is a proctored examination that requires supervision to protect the academic integrity of the assessment.  This final should be taken at a testing/learning center.


Grading Scale:  

Letter Grade     Points
A =100-90%  (900-1000 pts.)
B =89-80%    (800-899 pts.)
C =79-70%    (700-799 pts.)
D =69-60%    (600-699 pts.)
F =59-0%       (0 - 599 pts.)



Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Final Exam 300 pts (30%) Comprehensive

The final exam is a proctored examination that requires supervision to protect the academic integrity of the assessment.  This final should be taken at a testing/learning center. 



Discussions 280 pts (28%)

Four Discussion Board topics worth 70 points a piece.  These assignments will cover various ideas and topics found in Modules 1 - 7.

Quizzes 220 pts (22%)

Students will take eight quizzes.  These quizzes are open book/notes, but are timed, so you must be familiar with the information. Module Quizzes 3, 5, and 7 are worth 40 points, while Module Quizzes 1,2, 4, and 6 are 20 points.  Students will also take a quiz worth 20 points over the syllabus and course orientation at the beginning of the course.

Art Projects 200 pts (20%)

You will have two Art Project Assignments worth 100 points a piece.  These projects will cover topics discussed in Modules 1 - 4.

Extra Credit 25-50 pts (Bonus) Optional*

* These written assignment are OPTIONAL methods of recouping lost points for missed assignments. 

Total 1,000 pts (100%)

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


You must log-in to the course and participate at least once every seven days, consecutively.


Examples, but not limited to: illness, doctor appointments, hospitalization, personal business, court appearance, vehicle breakdowns, or other unrelated business is not excused.  Exams for another class, or other school related business is not excused.

 Students: you must report an absence to your instructor, using your Blinn College email account ( within 24 hours of the class period missed for consideration to be excused.  Your instructor will require official documentation to determine whether the absence is excused or unexcused.  Absences will not be excused at a later date if this procedure is not followed. 



Participation includes weekly online attendance and participation in Learning Module Assignments, including:  Class Discussions, Chapter Quizzes, Written Essay Assignments, and Art Projects.



Week Day Section(s)
Topics Covered Weekly
5 R 07/05/18   Welcome (Orientation) 4
F 07/06/18   Read
Sa 07/07/18   Read
Su 07/08/18   Syllabus Quiz
6 M 07/09/18   Discussion 1 12
T 07/10/18    
  Day of Record
W 07/11/18   Art Project 1
R 07/12/18   Read
F 07/13/18   Quiz 1
Sa 07/14/18   Quiz 2
Su 07/15/18   All Assignments for Module 1 & 2 Due
7 M 07/16/18   Begin Modules 3 & 4 12
T 07/17/18   Discussion 2
W 07/18/18   Art Project 2
R 07/19/18   Read
F 07/20/18   Quiz 3
Sa 07/21/18   Quiz 4
Su 07/22/18   All Assignments for Module 3 & 4 Due
8 M 07/23/18   Begin Modules 5 & 6 12
T 07/24/18   Read
W 07/25/18   Discussion 3
R 07/26/18   Read
F 07/27/18    
  Last Day to Drop with a "Q"
Sa 07/28/18   Quizzes 5 & 6
Su 07/29/18   All Assignments for Module 5 & 6 Due
9 M 07/30/18   Begin Module 7 8
T 07/31/18   Discussion 4
W 08/01/18    
  Last Day of Class/Quiz 7 & Extra Credit Due
R 08/02/18    
  Final Exam
        Total Contact Hours 48
Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Contact Hours

Total Contact hours 48