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Distance Education · Visual and Performing Arts · Art - ARTS

Art Appreciation

  • Summer I 2019
  • Section N02 CRN-30587
  • 3 Credits
  • 06/03/2019 to 07/01/2019
  • Modified 06/07/2019

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.


Required Textbook: Living with Art, 11th Ed. By Mark Getlein. ISBN: 978-0-07-337931-9

A Computer: For an online class, you will need a full computer (not a smartphone or light tablet), broadband internet services, and Microsoft Word (in your Buc email account).

Attention! Your Midterm is required to be proctored. A proctored exam is where a person monitors the students during an examination. You must take the exam at the Learning Center, or use ProctorU (which is fee-based). 

Choose from the following options: 

Option 1: Learning Center in Bryan or Brenham. You can make reservations online, through email, or phone.

Bryan Learning Center


Email: [email protected]

Brenham Learning Center

·         979-830-4442
Email: [email protected]

Option 2:  RELLIS, Sealy, or Schulenburg campuses

You can make reservations through the following email sites:

RELLIS campus: [email protected]
Schulenburg campus: [email protected]
Sealy campus: [email protected]

Option 3: Proctor U

Proctor U is an online proctoring service to be used when taking online exams. Proctor U costs $20.75 per test (for a test that is scheduled at least 3 days in advance by the student). If you choose Proctor U, create a ProctorU account as soon as possible, and at least a week before the test at 

Course Requirements


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 four projects, including a gallery 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. 


Attention! You must take your midterm exam at either the Learning Center or with ProctorU. If you choose to use ProctorU, the cost is $20.75 per test (if it is scheduled for at least 72 hours in advance by the student). Students must have a high-speed reliable internet connection, webcam, and a microphone (if the webcam does not have one.) Set up your account as soon as possible so you can get familiar with the process. 


One assignment includes 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
Projects 20% or 200 points

There will be 4 projects due for this course. This will include written assignments, a powerpoint, and a gallery/museum visit.  They are 50 points each. There will be an optional museum visit for extra credit (25 points)

Quizzes 20% or 200 points

There will be 8 weekly quizzes covering the course material. For each week, there are required reading assignments from the textbook, as outlined in the calendar and modules on eCampus. The quizzes are based on the textbook and on content from videos. 

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

All quizzes are available on eCampus. After the due date, the quiz will not be available. The quizzes may be taken twice and have no time limit. There will be no make-up of quizzes without a valid reason.

Discussions and Participation 20% or 200 points

This grade is based on two things: 

1. class discussions. Participation includes your posts as well as your replies to your classmates. Failure to complete any discussion post results in points lost from your grade. The Discussions and Quizzes are based on the textbook and on content from videos. 

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.


Midterm Exam 20% or 200 points

Midterm Exam (covering Chapters 1 - 10) and any additional course material assigned. The Midterm is open book and will be proctored.  You must take the midterm at the Learning Center or with Proctor U. 

Final Exam 20% or 200 points

Final Exam covering Chapters 1 - 23 and any additional course content assigned.  The Final Exam is open book. 

Total 100% or 1000 points


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

Late Work

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 10 points or 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 immediately. After the last day of class, June 28, 2019, no assignments will be accepted.

Make-up quizzes and exams

There will be no makeup of quizzes or exams without an authorized excuse or instructor permission. If you are sick or have a valid reason for not completing a quiz on time, you must contact the instructor. Students must contact the instructor 72 hours 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 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” for is June 21, 2019. 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”. Do not wait until the last minute to drop. 


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 complete all assignments for the week (including quizzes, essays, discussions, homework assignments, exams) to be counted present for that week. Therefore, if you fail to complete the required assignments during two separate weeks, you will be dropped from this course. As per Blinn College policy, two weeks worth of unexcused absences results in being dropped from the 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 (June 3-9)

Lectures: Living with Art, What is Art?, Themes in Art, The Visual Elements, Principles of Design

Readings: Textbook Chapters 1 , 2, 3, 4, 5, PowerPoint Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4,  5,  additional links and readings as posted online.


Quiz: Syllabus and Course Policies (Due by 11:30pm June 5)

Discussion 1 (Due by 11:30pm June 5)

Discussion 2 (Due by 11:30pm June 9)

Quiz 1 (Chapters 1 & 2)  (Due by 11:30pm June 9)

Quiz 2: (Chapters 3, 4, 5) (Due by 11:30pm June 9)

Start: Project 1 (Due by 11.30pm June 16)

Submit the dropbox document with your Proctored Midterm location (Due by 11:30pm June 5)

Contact Hours: 9.6

Week 2 (Jun 10-16)

Lectures: Drawing and Painting, Prints, Graphic Design, Camera and Computer Arts, Sculpture and Installation, Arts of Ritual and Daily Life, Architecture

Readings: Textbook Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 PowerPoint Chapters 6, 7, 8,  9, 10, 11, additional links and readings online as posted.


Complete Project 1: Compare and Contrast (Due by 11:30pm June 16)

Start Project 2 (submit dropbox document with the name of the gallery or museum you plan to visit. (Plan due by 11:30pm June 16, Finished Paper due June 23)

Quiz 3: Chapters 6,7, 8,10 (Due by 11:30pm June 16)

Quiz 4: Chapters 9, 11, 12, 13 (Due by 11:30pm June 23)

Contact Hours: 9.6

Week 3 and Midterm (June 17-23)

Important Information About the Midterm: 

The Midterm will be accessible this week on eCampus. You must take the exam on a computer at the Learning Center, or, use your own computer and use ProctorU (fee-based).

Schedule to take your exam at either the Learning Center or ProctorU. (See eCampus module Required Proctored Midterm for information).

The exam will be open book, with a 120-minute time limit and two attempts allowed.

If you need special accessibility assistance, please let me know today.

Lectures: Arts of Ritual and Daily Life, Architecture, Arts in Time: Ancient and Mediterranean Worlds, Christianity and the Formation of Europe, The Renaissance, The 17th and 18th Centuries

Readings: Textbook Chapters 12 & 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, PowerPoint Chapters 12 &13, 14, 15, 16, 17, additional readings and links as posted online. 


Midterm (Due by 11:30pm June 21)

Discussion 3: Who Owns the Art? (Due by 11:30pm June 23)

Quiz 4: Chapters 9, 11, 12, 13 (Due by 11:30pm June 23)

Quiz 5: Chapters 14, 15, 16, 17 (Due by 11:30pm June 23)

Project 2: Gallery/Museum Visit (Due by 11:30 pm June 23)

*Last day to drop with a Q is June 21

Contact Hours: 9.6

Week 4 (June 24-30)

Lectures: Arts in Time: Arts of Islam and of Africa, Arts of Asia: India, China, and Japan; Arts of the Pacific and of the Americas; The Modern World: 1800-1945; From Modernism to Postmodernism; Opening up to the World

Readings: Textbook Chapters 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23; PowerPoint Chapters 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23; additional readings and links as posted online. 


*last class day June 28

Quiz 6: Chapters 18, 19, 20 (Due by 11:30pm June 28)

Quiz 7: Chapters 21, 22, 23 (Due by 11:30pm June 28)

Project 3A: Japan and the West Essay (Due by 11:30pm June 28)

Project 3B: Powerpoint Presentation. (Due by 11:30pm June 28)

Optional Extra credit (Due by 11:30pm June 28)

Contact Hours: 9.6

Week 5 and Finals (July 1-2)

Final Exam (Cumulative): DUE . Last time to take the exam is 11:30pm. 

The Final Exam will be available this week on eCampus under the sub-module titled Final Exam in the Week 5 module. It is open book. 

Lectures: FINAL EXAM

Readings: study for exam


The Final Exam will be available this week on eCampus under the sub-module titled Final Exam in the Week 5 module. (Due 5pm July 1)

Contact Hours: 9.6

Contact Hours

Total Contact hours 48