ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation

  • State Approval Code: 5007035126
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Catalog Description

This course is an undergraduate level study in the area of art appreciation concentrating on the basic elements of color, value, line, texture, shape, form, and space.  Emphasis will be placed on how these elements apply to various art forms in the 2 and 3 dimensional media.  Emphasis will also be placed on how these elements apply to various art forms and their evolution through the ages.

Lecture hours = 3, Lab hours = 0

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer literacy

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
  • Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.
  • Develop a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.
  • Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
  • Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments.
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving.
  • Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Communication (composition, speech, modern language)

  • To understand and demonstrate writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation.
  • To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  • To develop the ability to research and write a documented paper and/or to give an oral presentation.

Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts

  • To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • To understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
  • To respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • To engage in the creative process or interpretive performance and comprehend the physical and intellectual demands required of the author or visual or performing artist.
  • To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.
  • To develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the humanities and arts.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the influence of literature, philosophy, and/or the arts on intercultural experiences.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • To examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures.
  • To analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on the area under study.
  • To differentiate and analyze historical evidence (documentary and statistical) and differing points of view.
  • To recognize and apply reasonable criteria for the acceptability of historical evidence and social research.
  • To identify and understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

1.     Students will demonstrate knowledge of human culture in relationship to values expressed in works of art.

 2.     Students will engage in critical analysis of the visual arts.

 3.     Students will form aesthetic judgment.

 4.     Students will develop an appreciation of the arts as being fundamental to society.

Specific Course Objectives

After studying the presented material in the text and online, the Learner should be able to complete all behavioral/learning objectives listed below with a minimum competency of 70% on exams and quizzes.

  1. Students will identify Visual Elements in a work of art.  (Line, Shape & Mass, Light & Value, Color, Texture, & Space)
  2. Students will identify Principles of Design in a work of art.  (Unity & Variety, Balance, Emphasis & Subordination, Proportion & Scale)
  3. Students will define and apply art terms.
  4. Students will view works of art in an exhibition setting.
  5. Students will identify Art from the ancient Mediterranean world to the current day.
  6. Students will demonstrate an appreciation of the varied art styles and discover how art affects their everyday life.
  7. Students will identify prominent artists and their painting styles.

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

Learners in all sections of Art Appreciation will be required to do all the following:



  1. Learners will read assigned sections in the text.
  2. Learners will take notes from lecture and power point presentations.
  3. Learners will complete a group power point.
  4. Learners will complete 3 exams.
  5. Learners will complete and submit a written Critique on a chosen artist and work.
  6. Learners will complete assigned hands-on projects during class periods.
  7. Learners will attend two Fine Art Events and submit written documentation.
  8. Learners will complete a Final Exam.



1.  Learners will read assigned sections in text and Lecture Notes on WebCT.
2.  Learners will complete online quizzes with each chapter.
3.  Learners will engage in on-line Discussion Groups.
4.  Learners will complete a Mid-term and Final Exam. (Both Proctored)
5. Learners will complete and submit a written Critique on a chosen artist and work.
6.  Learners will attend two Fine Art Events and submit documentation.

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

This course is offered in face-to-face, hybrid, and a Canvas online setting.  Learners in the face-to-face classroom will meet for lecture, power points, hands-on projects, demonstration, group discussion, and exams.  Online students by use of Canvas will view lecture notes, read text, on-line discussions, quizzes, assignments, and proctored exams.  Each semester a museum trip will be offered to all students. Hybrid students will use a mix of both face-to-face and internet activities and assignments.


Students will be graded on the following scale:  90-100=A, 80-89=B, 70-79=C, 60-69=D, below 60=F.  Failure to complete any of the following requirements will penalize a grade.

Online classes may choose to take their exams by a proctor at a specified site.

Exams:  Information from readings in text, lecture and discussion.  Final Exam covers identification of art work.

Online Quizzes:  Information from Chapters in text. (Online classes and Hybrid)

Discussion: Students will be asked to use critical thinking in discussions concerning subject matter addressed in the course.

Written Critiques:  Reviews of artist and art work.

Hands-on Projects:  Students will be assigned projects that correspond with the Visual Elements and Principles of Design.  (Face-to-face classes)

Fine Art Events:  Students will be required to attend Fine Art Events and submit a short summary of that event.

Face to Face Class

  • Chapter Exams   25%
  • In-Class Projects and Fine Art Events (2)     50%
  • Final Exam  25%

On-Line Class

  • Chapter Discussion Questions, Fine Art Events, Postings (Web sites & On-line Tour) 25%
  • On-Line Chapter Quizzes-25%
  • Mid-term Exam & Power Point 25%
  • Final Exam-25%

Attendance:  (Face-to-Face)

On the 5th absence of an MWF class and the 3rd absence of a TR class the student’s final grade will be lowered by a letter grade.  Two tardies constitute one absence.

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

Text: A History of Western Art 5th Edition by Laurie Adams

Online:  Access to a computer, Canvas, and the internet.