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Bryan · Visual and Performing Arts · Art - ARTS

Art Appreciation

  • Summer I 2019
  • Section 300 CRN-30835
  • 3 Credits
  • 06/03/2019 to 07/01/2019
  • Modified 06/03/2019

Meeting Times

M-TH   10:00-11:55AM    F Building Room 214

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 979-209-8065

Office B 102

Office Hours: M/W 12:00-12:30


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

1 Sketchbook (at least 9x7")

Pencil and eraser

Course Requirements

Students are required to read assigned textbook passages, participate in class discussions, and complete any assigned projects or exercises.



Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Major Projects 60%

Students will complete 3 major projects, each worth 20% of their grade.

Quizzes 10%

Short quizzes taken in-class

Class Participation 10%

Class participation will be made up of each student's attendance and participation in class discussions.

Final Exam 20%

Comprehensive final exam

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 Regulations 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 Blinn Buc 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 Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies

Projects and assignments
Any late projects lose 10 points per class day that they are late. If absent from class, you may email me your assignment to avoid the late grade.

Grades are usually posted within 3 days.

If you have any concerns regarding the class, please feel free to email me. Don't be afraid to ask questions; I am here to help. If you have an urgent question, please make sure to email me before 10 PM.

Showing up to class late or leaving early counts as a tardy. 3 tardies equal 1 absence. If you are more than 30 min late to class, it counts as an absence.  4 unexcused absences drops you from the course. If you are sick or running late, please let me know asap. If you are absent without an excuse, it is your responsibility to find out what was missed in class. Students in danger of being dropped from the course have the option to enter a probationary period where extra credit work can be completed outside of class to make up for missed class periods.

Classroom Policies
• Check ecampus often! The calendar, assignments, grades, and extra credit options will be posted there.
• Clean up your space at the end of class. Put away any supplies, tables, etc, and move any furniture back into place.
• If you forget a project or supplies, use classroom supplies or borrow some. Class time is for productive work for this class, not to do other assignments or talk/text.
• Cell phones are not banned but highly restricted. If you need a reference image, you can print it off in the library.  During designated work periods, you may listen to music.  Constant emailing/texting/web surfing is not permitted.


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Week 1

Lecture(s):  Why Do We Make Art?   What is Art?   Symbolism, Iconography, Abstract vs.                                    Nonobjective Art.    Themes in Art.

:  Readings from Chapter 1-4

:  Prepare for class discussions

Week 2

Lecture(s):  Elements of Art.   Principles of Art.  Interpreting Art and the Artist Statement.

:  Readings from Chapters 5-7

:  Prepare for class discussions.  Sketchbook assignments.   Section 1 & 2 quiz.  Introduce group project.

Week 3

Lecture(s):  Introduction to Art Practices

:  Readings from Chapters 8-13

:  Prepare for class discussions.  Master copy assignment and critique.

Week 4

Reading(s):  Group Project chapters

:  Group project work days and presentations.  Prepare for final.

Week 5

Final Exam

Contact Hours

Total Contact hours 48