Course Content and Outcome Guide for ART 198

Course Number:
ART 198
Course Title:
Special Topics in Art
Credit Hours:
1 TO 5
Lecture Hours:
Lecture/Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:
Special Fee:

Course Description

A variable topics course offering special classes and workshops in art and in art history. Course affords novel opportunity to explore out-of-the-ordinary skills, themes, and subjects, including art travel. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Primarily to be used for the PCC Summer Institute in Art, permitting the the PCC Art Departments to continue their historical model of offering special workshops and classes. These are classes which would not necessarily be classified as Experimental Classes; therefore, Art 198 Special Topics in Art enables the Summer Institute to offer worthwhile classes more than twice. 

Intended Outcomes for the course

On completion of this course the student should be able to 
Work creatively, either in the studio or with art historical data
Appreciate art and architecture in general, and enjoy a life enriched by the exposure to and the understanding of personal and cultural achievement
View works of art dynamically; that is, to appreciate simultaneously 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
Generalize course content to other art not covered in the course so that he/she can understand and value art and architecture in all-encompassing ways, in this country and abroad

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Depending on topic the student will:
Demonstrate novice skills in theory and practice
comprehend, apply, analyze and evaluate reading assignments (lecture)
Identify artwork and/or architecture, and relate facts and ideas about these works of art in exam format (lecture classes)
Research, plan, compose, edit and revise short papers (lecture classes)
Discover various processes by which the artist sees nature and conceives ideas
Examine aspects of the conceptual process such as experiencing, visualizing, symbolizing, playing, and imagining
Bring all human senses to the experience of art
Discover an individual way of understanding the world and giving it form
Apply one's knowledge of material and techniques to understanding the art and artistic process
Participate in studio and lecture work sessions, class discussions, and critiques

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Theory and criticism of art
Various interpretations of art
Creativity and the impulse to make art
Stylistic and Interpretive
Visual literacy
Art media and artistic technique
Seeing and knowing
Formal elements of art
Social and Cultural

Other peoples and their histories, values, and culture
Art and the social fabric
Relationship of culture and style
Art and cultural transmission
Historical impact of art
The influence of art on one€™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
Competencies and Skills:
The successful student should be able to:
Work creatively, either in the studio or with art historical data
Recognize and appraise patterns in historical phenomena
Assess 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
Express the relationship of art to society and culture to style
Examine the meaning of art objects through understanding of historical, social, and political context
Use specific terminology to describe works of art