Understanding Art

Submission Information

  • Final
  • Art History
  • March 16, 2012

Descriptor Details

  • Understanding Art
  • 100
  • 3.0

This course provides a general introduction to art that offers a look at works of art through the study of theory, terminology, themes, design principles, media, techniques, with an introduction to the visual arts across time and diverse cultures.


Completion of or concurrent enrollment in English Composition (C-ID ENGL 100)

  1. Defining Art: Functions
  2. Visual Elements of Art
  3. Principles of Design
  4. Media and Techniques
  5. Methodologies of Art History and Art Criticism
  6. Overview of art history from a global perspective

Recommended:  Museum or gallery visit

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Evaluate and critique works of art and architecture based on formal elements and principles of design and employing appropriate art historical terminology
  2. Analyze, evaluate, and distinguish materials and techniques used for creating art and architecture
  3. Differentiate art historical methodologies
  4. Identify, analyze, and discuss the functions of art and architecture and the roles of artists in diverse cultures

Methods of evaluation will include:

  1. Written essays, assignments, and/or research projects
  2. Essay exams
  3. Methods of evaluation may also include:

  4. Classroom discussions
  5. Objective exams
  6. Projects and presentations
  7. Quizzes

Fichner-Rathus, L. Understanding Art.

Lazzari, Margaret and Dona Schleiser. Exploring Art: A Global, Thematic Approach.

Preble, S, and Frank, Patrick. Prebles' Artforms

Sayre, H. A World of Art.

  • April 06, 2017
  • Art, appreciation, history