Art History and Appreciation

This is a survey course designed to increase knowledge of art history and appreciation of the visual arts. The emphasis is on viewing, learning, and understanding visual art through the Elements and Principles of Design as well as the various media. Students will interpret and evaluate works of art within formal, cultural, and historical contexts. Students will also explore a survey view of art history from prehistoric to contemporary, including a deeper look at global artworks. This is a single semester course.


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Unit 1: Introduction to Art

  • Art Appreciation: Introduction
  • Aesthetics and Criticism
  • Art Around You

Unit 2: Elements of Design

  • Line
  • Shape and Form
  • Value
  • Color
  • Space
  • Texture

Unit 3: Principles of Design

  • Balance
  • Pattern, Rhythm, and Movement
  • Contrast and Emphasis
  • Unity

Unit 4: Art Making

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Print Making and Photography

Unit 5: Art History Early Civilizations

  • Prehistoric
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Greece
  • Rome

Unit 6: Early Christian to Gothic

  • Early Christian, Byzantine, Islamic
  • Early Medieval and Romanesque
  • Gothic

Unit 7: Renaissance to Rococo

  • Early Renaissance
  • High Renaissance and Mannerism
  • Baroque and Rococo

Unit 8: Early Modernism

  • Enlightenment, Neoclassical, Romanticism
  • Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism
  • Symbolism, Expressionism, Cubism

Unit 9: Modernism

  • Dada to Abstraction
  • Pop Art and Superrealism
  • Contemporary Art

Unit 10: Exploring World Art

  • African Art
  • Asian Art

Unit 11: Careers in Art

  • Careers in Art

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