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Distance Education · Visual and Performing Arts · Art - ARTS

Art Appreciation

  • Summer II 2021
  • Section N04 CRN-40403
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/12/2021 to 08/09/2021
  • Modified 07/08/2021

Meeting Times


Contact Information

Instructor:  Mr. John Speck

Office: N/A 

Phone: * 979-204-4396 (please do not call/text before 8 am or after 9 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:


Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Apply art terminology as it specifically relates to works of art.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of art elements and principles of design.
  3. Differentiate between the processes and materials used in the production of various works of art.
  4. Critically interpret and evaluate works of art.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of arts on culture.


For this course, we will be using the text Living with Art, by Mark Getlein, 12th Edition (McGraw Hill) [ISBN: 9781259916755].  Please check with Blinn Bookstores regarding the availability of new, used, and electronic versions of this text.  Rental may also be an option, depending on availability.

*Note:  If you cannot obtain the newest edition of the text, the 11th Edition [McGraw Hill, ISBN: 978-0-07-337931-9] will still work for the course, and will not impact content found in quizzes or tests.

Still no book?  If your textbook is backordered or will not available at the start of class, the publisher offers a free 30 day trial of the eBook.  You may utilize this option as you wait for your hard copy.

For those of you that prefer the eBook, please note that it is not necessary to purchase the larger "Connect" bundle.  The Smartbook Online Access version is enough, as we utilize the Blinn D2L eCampus platform for assignments, lectures, and links to videos.  This may save you some money at checkout.

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

Slideshow Presentation & Essay (Research Requirement)

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 to the dropbox within the course.

Within each chapter, students will have access to lecture slideshows and course note outlines are delivered via a link using Google Drive (Docs/Slides).  Students are not required to have a Google Drive account, but should have not problem opening the files since they are open to those who have the link.  

Comprehensive Exam: Final

Students will take 8 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.


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
Class Participation - Discussion 200 pts (20%)

4 Discussion Board topics worth 50 points a piece.  These assignments will cover various ideas and topics found in Modules 1, 2, 4, and 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 130 pts (13%)

You will have two Art Project Assignments worth 65 points a piece.  These projects will cover topics discussed in Modules 1 - 4.

Slideshow & Essay 150 pts. (15%) Selected Artist Biography

To fulfill the research requirement, students will create a slideshow presentation with an accompanying essay about an artist from your  Living with Art book.  

To be clear, this assignment has two parts:

  • Part One:  The Slideshow (50 pts.) Think of this as the visual piece of your essay, if you were to present all that you learned when researching your chosen artist.  Imagine you are giving a lecture to the class.  This is what you would show your audience.
  • Part Two:  The Essay (100 pts.)  The paper portion should follow MLA or APA style and include a heading, title, and works cited.  The actual content of the paper is a minimum of 3 pages, typed and double-spaced.  (This doesn't include a title page or the works cited.) Font size: 12 pt.  Four references (from respectable sources) must also be included and cited appropriately.

*These two items are worth 150 points, collectively.  It is in your best interest to work on them at the same time, as they are about the same thing.  This assignment is due at the end of Week 4 (Sunday, 11:30 PM).

Extra Credit 25-100 pts Optional*

Extra-credit assignment are optional, but provide the student an opportunity to recapture lost points comparable to those from missed assignments.  For example, if a student did not submit an Art Project or participate in a Discussion, there is an extra-credit assignment that carries the same weight.  The student may undertake any, or all of the extra credit assignments, as they choose. 

The extra credit Museum Visit carries the most weight (100 pts) and may be used to cover some of the points in a major assignment. 

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 can be taken in a proctored setting using any of the options below: 

Online Proctoring Service: HonorLock

The first choice is to schedule proctoring through the online proctoring service HonorLock. The testing service is free to students and exams may be taken from the convenience of home. Students must have a webcam and use Google Chrome as the browser for this service.

HonorLock Student FAQ's

Additional links are provided in the course.




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 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.

Information about the changes Blinn has made to the May Minimester, Summer I, and Summer II semesters: Back with Blinn.

Course Policies


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


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


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


Week One

Meeting Details


Monday, July 12, 2021

Summer II Starts: Begin Module 1


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Orientation, Syllabus Quiz

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Discussion 1

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Art Project 1

Friday, July 16, 2021

Continue Module 1

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Continue Module 1 Content & Assignments

Sunday, July 18, 2021

*Quiz 1 & all Module 1 assignments are due Sunday evening before 11:30 PM.

Week Two



Monday, July 19, 2021

Module 2 Begin


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

 Art Project 2

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Module 3 Begin

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Discussion 2

Friday, July 23, 2021

Continue Module 2 & 3

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Continue Module 2 & 3 Content & Assignments

Sunday, July 25, 2021

*Quizzes 2, 3 and all Module assignments are due Sunday evening before 11:30 PM.

Week Three



Monday, July 26, 2021

Module 4 Begin


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Discussion 3

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Module 5 Begin

Thursday, July 29, 2021

*Begin working on Slideshow and Essay

Friday, July 30, 2021

Last Day to Drop with a “Q” Drop.

Continue Module 4 & 5

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Continue Module 4 & 5 Content & Assignments

Sunday, August 1, 2021

*Quizzes 4, 5 and all Module assignments are due Sunday evening before 11:30 PM.

Week Four



Monday, August 2, 2021

Module 6 Begin


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Continue working on slideshow and essay


Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Module 7 Begin


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Discussion 4


Friday, August 6, 2021

Last Day for Summer II Classes


Saturday, August 7, 2021

Study for the Final Exam.


Sunday, August 8, 2021

*Quizzes 6, 7 and all Module assignments are due Sunday evening before 11:30 PM.

*Extra Credit Due.


Week Five



Monday, August  9, 2021

Final Exam




Total Contract Hours




Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Contact Hours

Total Contact hours 48