This course guide has been customized to assist you with Art Appreciation (ARTS 1301).
Use the navigational tabs above to find the course modules for your assignments and various resources that can help with your course assignments.
The information on this page is meant to orientate you with the requirements of the course.
For curated content for all things art, see our Fine Arts Research Guide (will open in a new tab).
The South Texas College Library has self-paced, interactive tutorials that help students and faculty successfully utilize library resources. Learn more about the library, how to search for information, and how to avoid plagiarism by following writing and citing best practices.
Some examples include:
The Centers for Learning Excellence (CLE) is all about student success, and successful students work with tutors to gain a deeper understanding of course concepts, writing, APA citation style, time management and more! Schedule an appointment to meet with a tutor today!
Not sure what citation style to use, or even how to cite books, artwork, and videos in MLA, APA. and Chicago? Check out the Writing & Citing Guide (Will open in a new tab) for assistance with these areas.
There are also several how-tos from the Purdue Online Writing Lab, and several tools for generating proper citation/bibliographies.
Here is a guide from Duke on Writing About Paintings.
Guidelines for Analysis of Art are also helpful for writing papers and completing projects.
This course is a general introduction to the visual arts designed to create an appreciation of the vocabulary, media, techniques, and purposes of the creative process. Students will critically interpret and evaluate works of art within formal, cultural and historical contexts.
Prerequisite: Eligible for ENGL 1301.
Required Course Objectives
CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS: to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS: to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication.
TEAMWORK: to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
A combination of oral assignments, written assignments, in-class quizzes/examinations, oral presentations, and classroom activities are used to evaluate student performance. Each instructor will have at his/her discretion, the ability to combine the admixture to evaluate student performance. Students may display understanding of the learning outcomes in several manners.
Assignments and grading criteria:
Your final grade at the end of the semester is based on how successfully you complete the following criteria. You will take three tests on BlackBoard including the final, and complete three projects.
Online discussion posts, readings homework throughout semester: 16%
Project 1 (Collage 1, terms from Unit I, Formal Elements, Principles of Design) 16%
Project 2 (Collage 2, terms from Unit II, General Art Terms) 16%
Project 3 (Collaborative project) 20%
Test I: Midterm (2 and 3 - D Media) 16%
Final Exam (Thematic Investigation) 16%
These are also point totals, they add up to 100 points for the semester.
Grade scale per individual assignments:
A -- 15 - 16 pts -- 90-100 % excellent, mastery of subject
B – 13 - 14 pts -- 80-89 % Good, above average
C – 11 - 12 pts -- 70-79% fair, average
D – 9 - 10 pts -- 60-69% below average
F > 8 pts -- 0-59 % Fails to meet minimum course requirements, subject not mastered.
Project assignment details and test reviews will be provided during the semester, and will be available on BlackBoard.