ART102 Understanding the Visual Arts

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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. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide).

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44663 Web


From September 21 through December 9, 2020
Textbooks for CRN 44663
Instructor: Jay Olinger
Tuition: credit Fees: $20
For information, contact the department at 971-722-4264 (Office) or 971-722-8314 (Dept Chair).

Course details: CRN 44663

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No textbooks required


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Instructor comments:

 Hello, art enthusiast!

I hope that you are well and safe, and thank you for your dedication to education. I welcome you to join me this term to explore the various asthetic and historical aspects of the visual arts including drawing, painting and sculpture near and far, past and present. Through weekly units, you will gain insight to how and why visual art is created, examine various functions, and relate stylistic and conceptual features to what we see today in contemporary visual culture. 

For this course, there is no textbook purchase necessary--readings, articles, and videos will be provided in the weekly units. Along with the provided material, there will be  a sketchbook compoenent, short quizzes, and engaging discussion posts, culminating in a creative final project! At the end of the term, you'll be able to recognize and discuss various artistic styles, conent, and contexts, and perhaps recognize some of these artworks:

Look forward to chatting with you this upcoming term!

Jay Olinger

Web course information

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