Art Appreciation


 I.            A111 A Art Appreciation, 3 s.h.; Location: Ell 110 Time: MWF 10-10:50

II.            Term/Year: SP '12; Instructor: Julie Jack; Office location: Elliott Hall, 301; Phone #746-5307;    Office Hours: MWF 11-1;  E-mail:; Website:

III.            Course Description: An introduction to the wide range of styles, materials, and techniques in art.  With focus on appreciation, the student will investigate the flow of art and cultural ideas through Western Civilization.  Prerequisites: none.

IV.            Course Goals and Objectives/Competencies/Skills: The student will learn and have a working knowledge of The Art Elements and The Principles of Design.  The student will learn to broaden his/her appreciation of art.  The student will learn to look past the present subject matter and make application to other areas of life.

V.            Course Relationship to Major Program, Departmental, and Institutional Purpose:  This course is provided in order to prepare students for an art minor, individualized major, or for a fine art elective course.

VI.            College-Wide Learning Outcomes: The student will use effectively the communication skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.  The student will recognize issues that effect social/political behavior in their historical and cultural perspective.  The student will appreciate the contributions of the arts and literature to life enrichment

VII.            Text: Preble’s Art Forms, Prentice Hall;

VIII.            Topics or Units of Instruction: The nature of art and experience, the language of visual experience, 2-D media, 3-D media, design, art as cultural heritage, contemporary art. An examination of art elements and principles designed to provide the student with an understanding of the language of visual art.  They will investigate an artist at length and write a paper proving a theory by comparing two works of art.  Students will attend a local gallery and museum and will observe art demonstrations in the Visual Art Department.

IX.            Additional Readings: Students will orally present a comparative paper.  Readings will be a part of their research.  A minimum of three books or periodicals should be referenced.  More information on the paper is attached.  The professor will take students to the library to show them the art stacks and academic journals.  Students are expected to have a working knowledge of how to obtain credible art sources for research.

X.            Methods of Instruction and Modes of Learning: Students will be required to actively participate in class discussions.  Lectures will include, but not be limited to, internet references (Artstor), videos, and occasional demonstrations.  During art demonstrations at the Visual Art Department, in case of a spill or emergency involving a hazardous material, students should be advised that Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are located in the Art Library in a binder labeled “MSDS”.  These should instruct students on how to properly handle each substance located in the art studio.

XI.            Course Requirements and Means of Evaluation: Students will be quizzed over the reading of two chapters in the text per week for a total of 20 questions per week.  Students will take notes on Artstor for review of mid-term exam.  A quiz over the art elements and the principles of design will take place within the first few weeks of class.  The Comparative Paper will need to be typed double spaced, in New Times Roman, size 14 font.  Attendance is vital and mandatory.  Students will reduce their grade by one letter with each unexcused absence.  Therefore, four unexcused absences result in automatic failure of the course.  Grades will be figured as follows:

                        40% Chapter, elements/principles quizzes

                        50% Mid-term, Final, Comparative paper and presentation

                        10% Class participation, attitude

Chapter quizzes will consist of questions and answers developed from each chapter, created by the student.  10 questions per chapter, 2 chapters per week = 20 question/answer quizzes per week, due on the last class meeting of the week.  ALL WORK IS DUE ON THE LAST DAY OF CLASS.  AFTER THE FINAL EXAM IS TAKEN, NO MORE WORK IS ACCEPTED LATE.  GRADES WILL NOT BE CHANGED.

XII.            Clinical/Lab/Field-Based Experiences:  Students will receive credit for attending gallery openings, museums, or other approved experience.  Students will be expected to purchase a flash drive and bring it to class every class meeting.

XIII.            Addendum: Paper information, Schedule

Honor Code:  Students will need to write “pledged” on all assignments turned in for grading, indicating compliance with the code as follows: “I pledge, on my honor, to conduct myself with the foremost level of academic integrity”

Mission Statement: In keeping with the spirit of the liberal arts, Tennessee Wesleyan College seeks within the framework of the Judeo-Christian tradition to provide for students the highest quality educational experience, to promote personal responsibility, integrity, and purpose, and to prepare students for a life of leadership and service in an ever changing global community.

XIV.            Assessment Measures for College-Wide Learning Outcomes:

Learner Outcome



1.  Use effectively the communication skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.


Reading:  Students will read the, handouts and assignments

Speaking:  Students will participate in class discussions and critiques.

Listening: Students will attend class, participate in discussion of the lecture topics and exercises, and follow verbal instructions regarding homework, and other assignments.

5% of each student’s grade is based on participation in class discussion of current reading topics and of solutions to previously worked problems.

2. Recognize issues that effect social/political behavior in their historical and cultural perspective 

Social, political, historical, cultural perspectives: Students will become aware that these perspectives are integral to art.  Artists addressing these issues will be studied

The students will have the opportunity to incorporate these issues in assignments. 

3. Appreciate the contributions of the arts and literature to life enrichment

Appreciation:  Students will see the work of other artists who have enriched the lives or others and themselves by viewing live work as well internet sources such as artstor.


Students have the opportunity to make up unexcused absences by attending an art opening or exhibit. 











Matrix of Relevant Qualifications vs. Course Outcomes



Course Taught


Expected Course Outcomes


The Student will:

Relevant Qualifications

Coursework in Masters

Coursework in Doctorate



Work Experience

A 111 Art Appreciation

  • Be exposed to a wide range of styles, materials, and techniques in art

Various Art History courses in Undergraduate and graduate school






A lifetime of interest in art

  • Learn and have a working knowledge of the art elements and the principles of design.

Numerous studio courses





20 + years carpentry


20+ years


  • Learn to broaden their appreciation of art









XV.            Date of Preparation/Revision: 1/12 By: jj