Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ART 198
Course Title:
Special Topics in Art
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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