PCC/ CCOG / ART

Course Content and Outcome Guide for ART 102

Course Number:
ART 102
Course Title:
Understanding the Visual Arts
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Introduces aesthetic, historical, and critical issues of the visual arts. Presents aspects of drawing, painting, sculpture and craft in terms of experiencing, appreciating and understanding their roles in our lives. The series ART 101, 102, 103 may be taken in any order. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to: 

? recognize formal qualities in two- and threedimensional arts and read visual elements, artistic and cultural styles, and symbols
? view works of art "dynamically," that is, to appreciate and communicate simultaneously individual viewer response, the uniqueness of a
work, its origins and precedent, its potential as an inspiration and influence on later art, and its relationship to a particular cultural moment
? decipher the visual arts through understanding of historical, social, cultural, economic, and political  contexts
? generalize course content to other art not covered in the course so that he/she can understand and value the visual arts in all-encompassing global
ways

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The student will:
 

  • comprehend, apply, analyze and evaluate reading assignments
  • identify artwork, and relate facts and ideas about these works of art in exam format
  • research, plan, compose, edit and revise short papers
  • keep journals assessing learning development in and out of the classroom
  • participate in class field trips

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, and Issues:
Theoretical
 

  • theory and criticism in the history of art
  • pattern-based thinking and historical process
  • various interpretations of art
  • art and gender
  • creativity and the impulse to make art
     

Stylistic and Interpretive
 

  • visual literacy
  • art media and artistic technique
  • "seeing and knowing"
  • iconography
  • formal principles and elements of fine art
     

Social and Cultural
 

  • other peoples and their histories, values, and culture
  • art and economics
  • art and the social fabric
  • art and religion
  • art and politics
  • art and gender
  • relationship of culture and style
  • art and cultural transmission
  • historical impact of art
  • the influence of art on oneĀ°s own culture
  • the influence of art on relations with other cultures 
  • art and artists
  • the impulse to make art
  • the Gestalt of art
  • the role of the artist in society
  • biography 
  • geography and its influence on art and culture
  • artifact recovery, analysis, restoration, and incorporation into a larger historical fabric
     

Competencies and Skills:
The successful student should be able to:
 

  • work creatively with art historical data, using it to develop principles of art history
  • recognize and appraise patterns in historical phenomenaassess the ways in which an art object is affected by our own vantage point
  • recognize and discriminate among various styles of art
  • trace the development of art from one period to another
  • analyze formally works of art and appreciate the interrelationship of its elements
  • determine symbolism in art
  • employ iconographical nomenclature
  • express the relationship of art to society and culture to style
  • analyze the "meaning" of art objects through understanding of historical, social, and political context
  • use specific terminology to describe works of art
  • transfer to a four year college and continue a course of study in the field of art history, fine art, anthropology, and history in general
     

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills:
 

  • oral and written command of college level English