Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Spring 2015 Course Syllabus

ARTS-1301-08 - Art Appreciation

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2015
InstructorOsborne, Angela Robin
Phone(409) 984-6502
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Phone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:T - R 1:45 - 2:45pm
Building:Ruby Fuller Education (RF)
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Course Information
Course Number10897
Course Description 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 (painting, sculpture, architecture) within formal, cultural, and historical contexts.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks Living with Art. 9th or 10th e, Mark Getlein, McGraw Hill, New York, NY
Attendance Policy Students are allowed two absences (excused or unexcused) total. A third absence will result in a dropping of a letter grade from the final course grade. 5 or more absences require a meeting with the instructor and may result in students failing this course.

Course Grading Scale  90 - 100 = A     80 - 89 = B     70 - 79 = C     60 - 69 = D     Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade 60% of final grade will be a combination of Exams,Quizzes and Final

40% of final grade will be a combination of Hands-on-Work; attendance and class participation

Final Exam Date May 12, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Part One (Chapters 1–3) provides a general introduction to the study and appreciation of art.

Week 1: Chapter 1 Living with Art

Week 2: Chapter 2 What Is Art?

Week 3: Chapter 4 Visual Elements

Week 4: Chapter 5 Principles of Design

Week 5: Chapter 6 Drawing

Week 5: Chapter 7 Painting

Week 5: Chapter 8 Prints

Week 5: Chapter 9 Camera and Computer Arts

Week 5: Chapter 10 Graphic Design

Week 6: Chapter 11 Sculpture and Installation

Week 6: Chapter 12 Arts of Ritual and Daily Life

Week 7: Exam

Week 7: Chapter 13 Architecture

Week 8: Chapter 14 Ancient Mediterranean Worlds

Week 9: Chapter 16 The Renaissance

Week 10: Chapter 17 17th and 18th Centuries

Week 11: Chapter 21 The Modern World: 1800-1945

Week 12: Chapter 22 From Modern to Postmodern

Week 13: Chapter 23 Opening Up to the World

Week 14: Chapter 23 Opening Up to the World continued

Week 15: Chapter Review

Week 16: Final Exam
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates PART ONE: INTRODUCTION

Part One (Chapters 1–3) provides a general introduction to the study and appreciation of art.

Chapter 1 Living with Art

1.        Art Before History: Discovering the Earliest Forms of Visual Art

2.        The Patron: An Artist’s Dream or Nightmare

3.        Why Do People Talk About Art? Art Criticism from Classical Times to the Present

4.        The Expressive Art and Writings of Van Gogh

5.        Maya Lin: Art for the Public and Art with a Purpose

6.        Why Art Doesn’t Send the Same Message to Everyone

Chapter 2 What Is Art?

1.        How symbolism expands the meaning of an art work

2.        The life and work of Andy Warhol

3.        The inter-relationship of art, artists, fame, and value

4.        The relationship between words and images in various cultures

5.        Art and its audiences

6.        Art as a cultural artifact; art as personal expression

7.        Outsider Art: Artworks and their artists



Part Two (Chapters 4–5) is a thorough analysis of the elements and principles of design in art, with detailed explanations and many illustrations.

Chapter 4 Visual Elements

1.        Compositional journeys – how artists’ compositions lead the viewer’s eye

2.        Defining space in on a flat plane – linear and atmospheric perspective

3.        The power of colors and their emotional and mental effects

4.        Japanese prints and their impact on European art.

Chapter 5 Principles of Design

1. Using scale and proportion to communicate ideas

2. Analyzing composition and compositional elements

3. Guiding the eye through emphasis


Part Three (Chapters 6–10) covers the two-dimensional media, and devotes a chapter to each

of the major categories: drawing, painting, prints, the camera and computer arts, and graphic design.

Chapter 6 Drawing

1.        Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci

2.        Conceptual art and the role of the viewer/participant

3.        Contemporary wall drawings

4.        The characteristics and appearances of various drawing materials

5.        Drawing throughout history

6.        The intimacy of the drawn line

7.        Drawing personal responses

8.        Drawing in preparation for works in other media

Chapter 7 Painting

1.        Artists who prefer a single medium; artists who experiment with various media

2.        How formal aspects of painting relate to and reinforce content

3.        Qualities, characteristics, and limitations of various painting media

4.        Artists’ preferences for certain media to fulfill purposes of certain works

5.        Painting: pre-history to post-modern

6.        Painting application techniques and style

7.        History and fresco painting

8.        Collage and its challenge to traditional painting

Chapter 8 Prints

1.        Recognizing and evaluating machine-printed versus “limited” artists’ prints

2.        Connections among printmaking, music, literature, politics, and advertising

3.        Historical backgrounds of printmaking techniques

4.        Characteristics, materials, and techniques of the four major printing methods

5.        Rembrandt and the concept of “limited” editions

6.        The formal and technical influences of Asian wood cuts on 19th- and 20th-century artists

7.        The diversity of media, techniques, and purposes of prints

8.        How printmaking has been changed by computers and digital technology

Chapter 9 Camera and Computer Arts

1.        The history of photography

2.        Photography and the painter: friends or foes

3.        How photojournalism influences history

4.        Movies: The history of an industry

5.        Expanding concepts of art: video and digital imaging

6.        The emotional impact of photography and film

7.        The auteur and the amateur in film and video

Chapter 10 Graphic Design

1.        The history of graphic design and the use of symbols

2.        Graphic design as a tool for social and political change

3.        Designing for media in the 21st Century

4.        Web page as billboard

5.        From handbill to blog: the evolution of advertising

6.        Logos throughout history

7.        The use of graphic design in art


Part Four (Chapters 11–13) covers the three-dimensional media with a chapter each for sculpture and installation, crafts, and architecture, including environmental design.

Chapter 11 Sculpture and Installation

1.        Sculpture and the spiritual and physical worlds

2.        Sculpture and the human body: figurative and metaphorical

3.        The influence of African sculpture on European modernism

4.        The artistic translation of a work from medium to medium

5.        The permanent or impermanent qualities of a work of art

6.        The viewer’s or patron’s interpretive role in accepting or rejecting works of art

7.        Christo and Jeanne-Claude: purpose, process, performance, and promotion

Chapter 12 Arts of Ritual and Daily Life

1.        Crafts: the useful arts

2.        Major methods of forming and finishing clay works

3.        Glass works from Roman to contemporary times

4.        The history of metal crafts

5.        New craft materials and techniques of the 21st century

6.        Non-western craft traditions and materials

7.        The re-evaluation and appreciation of traditional Native American crafts in the 20th century and today

8.        Crafts as fine art

Chapter 13 Architecture

1.        The history and technological development of structural systems in architecture

2.        The development and use of non-traditional materials for building

3.        Interrelationships between cultural lifestyles and traditions, and architectural design

4.        The Rural Studio: student architects meet the community and its needs

5.        The Crystal Palace: architecture meets industry

6.        The elements of art and principles of design as applied to architecture

7.        Designing and building for function and purpose

8.        Green architecture: conserving Earth’s resources through design


Part Five (Chapters 14–23) gives a brief chronological history of art from earliest times to the present. The part begins with “Ancient Mediterranean Worlds,” which introduces the oldest art on four continents; continues with chapters tracing Western art history; the arts of Islam and of Africa; arts of East Asia; and arts of the Pacific and the Americas. This part includes a chapter on the modern world, and art history since 1945.

Chapter 14 Ancient Mediterranean Worlds

1.        Changing interpretations of the significance of cave art

2.        The stability and continuity of Egyptian civilization and art

3.        The developing styles of Greek representations of the human body

4.        Multiculturalism in the Roman world

5.        Neolithic technological advances and the development of civilization

6.        Beliefs about the afterlife and their influences on art and architecture

7.        The Amarna period in Egyptian art, religion, and history

Chapter 16 The Renaissance

1.        The historical background of the Renaissance

2.        The emergence of new techniques and media in the Renaissance

3.        The Protestant Reformation and the Northern Renaissance

4.        Renaissance humanism and changing attitudes toward the individual

5.        The Classical foundations of the Renaissance

6.        The rising status of the arts and artists

7.        The Medici, the Church, and other important patrons of Renaissance artists

8.        The traditional subjects of Renaissance painting

9.        The elements of art and principles of design in Renaissance art

Chapter 17 17th and 18th Centuries

1.        Monarchies and colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries

2.        Renaissance order and Baroque dynamism

3.        Art that reflects absolute power

4.        Bernini’s environments: Baroque theatricality and the Cornaro Chapel

5.        Versions of the Baroque in various European countries

6.        The new patrons of art of the Baroque era

7.        The power of artists to create images of political and personal power

Chapter 21 The Modern World: 1800-1945

1.        Paul Gauguin: his search for his own truth in subject and style

2.        Picasso and Braque: the fragmentation of the image

3.        Cézanne and the foundations of Cubism

4.        The “isms” and expanding definitions of 19th- and 20th-century art

5.        Photography and painting: ways in which technology changed artists

6.        Subjects and technique in academic art of the 19th century

7.        The Impressionists: breaking away from the academy and the studio

8.        The effects of wars and politics on 20th-century art movements

Chapter 22 From Modern to Postmodern

1.        Postmodern art and the incorporation of the non-visual: words, music, and theater in contemporary art

2.        The last half of the 20th century and the art of the United States

3.        The New York School and improvisation

4.        Society, politics, and the American art scene in the Sixties and Seventies

5.        Conceptual art: images in the service of ideas

6.        Art, human bodies, and the human spirit

Chapter 23 Opening Up to the World

1. Contemporary art across borders

2. The effect of globalization on the art world

3. The media and methods of contemporary artist

General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.

Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.

PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.

Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.

PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.

Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.

PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.

Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others.

PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills – Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.

Recognizes ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context; recognizes cross- relationships among the issues; discusses in detail/ analyzes core beliefs; the discussion has greater depth and clarity showing the independent application of ethical perspectives/ concepts to an ethical question accurately; and is able to consider full implications of the application.
Course Student Learning Outcomes The student will be able to:

1. Understand and value the importance of art in life (PSLO Alpha, 1, 2, 5, 6) Measured by pretest/post-test, embedded test and quiz questions, group discussions, and/or oral & visual presentation rubrics

2. Acquire a basic knowledge of works of aft (PSLO Alpha,5) Measured by pretest/post-test, embedded test or quiz questions

3. Respond critically to art (PSLO 1, 2) Measured by essay rubric, embedded test or quiz questions; group discussion

4. Understand the creative process (PSLO Alpha, 1) Measured by pretest/post-test, embedded test and quiz questions, group discussions, and/or oral & visual presentation rubrics
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    Absence from any examination must be approved in advance by the instructor and is the responsibility of the student. No make-up exams will be allowed without prior arrangements being made with the instructor. If you are going to miss class on the day of an exam, the instructor must be notified. No make-up exams will be given if the instructor is not notified at least 30 minutes prior to the class period, unless there are extenuating circumstances, to be determined by the instructor. You may contact the instructor by telephone, email, or personally.

    Procedure for Review of Exam Grades

    If students have issues about their grades, they must contact the instructor no later than seven

    (7) Days after receiving the grade.

    Incomplete Grade Policy

    The grade “I” may be given for grave reasons and at the discretion of the instructor. The course must then be repeated, if credit is desired. An “I’ also automatically becomes an “F’ if the student registers for the course before removing the deficiencies and receiving a grade change. The instructor may record the grade of “F” for students who are absent from the final examination and/or are not passing the course.

    Academic Honesty

    Lamar State College Port Arthur and the instructor will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as “taking and using as one’s own writings ideas of another.” Students caught cheating or plagiarizing, or aiding other students in doing so will be given an “F” for the assignment. The incident will be reported to the Department of Liberal Arts Chair. A second violation will result in an “F” final grade for the class.

    Attendance policy

    Students are allowed two absences (excused or unexcused) total. A third absence will result in a dropping of a letter grade from the final course grade. 5 or more absences require a meeting with the instructor and may result in students failing this course.

    Classroom Etiquette

    Mature behavior is expected and required. The instructor reserves the right to remove students from class and allotting them the final grade of “F” for being a disruptive force in the classroom. Thoughtful discourse is the theme of this class. You are highly encouraged to participate in the classroom discussions; points are awarded for class discussions/activities.

    Please respect others in the class by turning off cell phones and other disruptive devices.

    Sleeping will be considered an absence.

    Students who walk out of class without justification will be considered absent for that class. Points will be subtracted from student’s final grade.

    Children in Class

    The Lamar State College Port Arthur Student Handbook specifies that no children under the age of 15 are allowed in the classrooms or hallways. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom
Additional Information
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating 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.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

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  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

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All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


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