Justify visual arts in relation to history and culture.

Course Description
Presents a diverse array of art works to help students distinguish artistic form, content, and importance in society. Original
art works are analyzed through their historic style, elements of design process, and impact on cultural heritage.
Course Textbook
Frank, P. (2014). Prebles’ artforms: An introduction to the visual arts (11th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Justify visual arts in relation to history and culture.
2. Examine the characteristics of works of art, including the purpose and structure of the work.
3. Interpret artworks using the elements of design.
4. Analyze artworks using the application of media, techniques, and processes.
5. Recognize an artwork or artist by style and time period.
Credits

Upon completion of this course, the students will earn three (3) hours of college credit.
Course Structure
1. Study Guide: Each unit contains a Study Guide that provides students with the learning outcomes, unit lesson,
required reading assignments, and supplemental resources.
2. Learning Outcomes: Each unit contains Learning Outcomes that specify the measurable skills and knowledge
students should gain upon completion of the unit.
3. Unit Lesson: Each unit contains a Unit Lesson, which discusses lesson material.
4. Reading Assignments: Each unit contains Reading Assignments from one or more chapters from the textbook
and/or outside resources.
5. Suggested Reading: Suggested Readings are listed in each unit’s study guide. Students are encouraged to read
the resources listed if the opportunity arises, but they will not be tested on their knowledge of the Suggested
Readings.
6. Learning Activities (Non-Graded): These non-graded Learning Activities are provided to aid students in their
course of study.
7. Unit Assessments: This course contains eight Unit Assessments, one to be completed at the end of each unit.
Assessments are composed of multiple-choice questions and matching questions.
8. Unit Assignments: Students are required to submit for grading Unit Assignments in Units I-VIII. Specific
information and instructions regarding these assignments are provided below. Grading rubrics are included with
each assignment. Specific information about accessing these rubrics is provided below.
9. Ask the Professor: This communication forum provides you with an opportunity to ask your professor general or
course content related questions.
10. Student Break Room: This communication forum allows for casual conversation with your classmates.
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Course Syllabus
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CSU Online Library
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The CSU Online Library offers several reference services. E-mail (library@columbiasouthern.edu) and telephone
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Librarians can help you develop your research plan or assist you in finding relevant, appropriate, and timely information.
Reference requests can include customized keyword search strategies, links to articles, database help, and other
services.
LibGuides
Click here for the LibGuide for this course.
Think of a LibGuide (a Library Guide) as a mini-website to help you with your assignments. It has relevant information
such as databases, ebooks, and websites specific to your courses. If you have any questions, please reach out to your
friendly library staff.
Unit Assignments
Unit I Essay
Experiencing Public Art
For this assignment, you will select a public sculpture that interests you. Public sculptures include any work displayed
within public domain, with the goal of being accessible to everyone, outside of a museum or building. Write an essay
about an outdoor sculpture that you have seen in person. If you are unable to photograph a local sculpture, please locate
one from your community or neighboring city using the Internet and be sure to visit it.
You must be sure to choose a sculpture that you have seen in person so that you can give your description of what you
felt when you experienced it. Take a photograph of the sculpture and include it with this essay. If you are unable to take a
photograph, locate one from the Internet. Include the photograph of the artwork on the fourth page by pasting the image
into a Word document along with your written essay.
Address the following points in your essay:
 Title, artist, and location of the artwork.
 How would you describe the artwork?
 Why it is there, and what (or who) does it represent?
 What was the source of the funding for this artwork?
 How did you feel about it the first time you saw it?
 Do you feel the same about it now?
Example paper:
Click here to view an example essay. This example paper is for a similar assignment. It shows the APA formatting
described below. Please notice that it has an introductory paragraph and a conclusion paragraph. This example will show
you formatting and the level of detail required. Be sure that your essay must meets the criteria listed above.
Formatting:
 Title page (1 page)
 Written Essay (2 pages)
 Image(s) (1 page)
 References (1 page)
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Use Times New Roman 12- point font. Double space all lines, and indent the first line of each paragraph. Your title page
should be correctly formatted with a Running Head and page number listed in the Header area. Include your title, name,
and school centered on the title page. Your written essay should contain at least three paragraphs (including an
introductory and conclusion). Your last page will have the word References centered at the top.
All sources used, including the textbook, must be cited and included on the reference page. When you use a statement
from a source, you need to credit the source in this format: (last name of author (s), year) at the end of the sentence
before the period.
For direct quotes, use quotation marks and add the page number to your citation. An example of a citation for a quotation
from page 5 of our textbook would be (Frank, 2014, p. 5).
Additionally, information you obtain from an outside source must be included on the referenc
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Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.
Unit III Assignment
Art Gallery: Visual Elements
For Unit III of your art gallery presentation, you will be adding descriptions of the visual elements you observe in the
artworks you placed in your art gallery. The purpose of this unit assignment is to demonstrate that you can apply what you
learned about visual elements to your gallery artworks.
 Begin by reviewing your Unit II feedback and making any necessary revisions.
 Place one Visual Elements slide directly after the artwork it describes.
 Next, research the elements using Chapter 3 of your textbook.
 Make sure you describe all of the visual elements from Chapter 3. Questions to consider are included below:
o Line: Describe what kind of lines are in the artwork (vertical, horizontal, diagonal, thick, thin, etc.). What do the
lines do? Do they lead your eye to something?
o Shape: Describe what kind of shapes are in the artwork and where they appear. Are there circular shapes in
clouds, rectangular shapes in buildings?
o Light: Where is the light coming from? What is it highlighting?
o Color: What colors are used? Are the colors bright, tints, muted? Are they different shades of one hue?
o Texture: Is there a pattern on some area in the artwork? Is there a paint texture such as impasto?
o Mass: Is the artwork heavier in one area?
o Time: Is there anything in the artwork that gives the sense of time? Is it a daytime or nighttime scene?
o Motion: Is motion depicted? Are people walking, running, floating, or climbing toward something?
 You must use at least your textbook as an outside source. Be sure to follow APA format for all sources used,
including the textbook. When adding your own opinion or observation, you will not need a citation as it is an
original thought.
 Please submit your full presentation thus far, which should include the previous updated segments and the
segment for this unit.
 This segment must include a minimum of five PowerPoint slides.
To access the art gallery template, an example presentation, and other PowerPoint resources, click on the “Course
Resources” link in the course menu bar of Blackboard.
Click here to access an example of this presentation segment. Click here to view this example in PDF format.
Click here to access a research guide that contains information on available resources from the CSU Library to aid you in
completing your coursework.
Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.
Unit IV Assignment
Art Gallery: Principles of Design
For Unit IV of your art gallery presentation, you will be adding descriptions of the principles of design you observe in the
artworks you placed in your art gallery. The purpose of this unit assignment is to demonstrate that you can apply what you
learned about design principles to your gallery artworks.
 Begin by reviewing your Unit III feedback and making any necessary revisions to the descriptions of the visual
elements.
 Next, research the design elements in Chapter 4 of your textbook.
 Place the Design Principles slide directly after the Visual Elements slide describing each artwork.
 Provide a detailed description of the design principles in each artwork. For design principles, make sure you
describe how the artist used most or all of the ones in Chapter 4: unity and variety, balance, emphasis, directional
forces, contrast, repetition and rhythm, and scale and proportion. Questions to consider are included below:
o Unity: what elements work together to make a harmonious whole?
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o Variety: What creates diversity?
o Balance: Is it symmetrical or asymmetrical?
o Emphasis: What is the focal point?
o Directional forces: What are the paths for the eye to follow?
o Contrast: Where do you see contrasting elements in the artwork?
o Repetition & rhythm: Is an element repeated?
o Scale & proportion: Are the objects in proportion to each other?
 You do not need to cite a source if it is your observation. Only cite a source if you are using information that
someone published. Be sure to use APA formatting for all outside sources.
 Please submit your full presentation thus far, which should include the previous updated segments and the
segment for this unit.
 This segment must include a minimum of five PowerPoint slides.
To access the art gallery template, an example presentation, and other PowerPoint resources, click on the “Course
Resources” link in the course menu bar of Blackboard.
Click here to access an example of this presentation segment. Click here to view this example in PDF format.
Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.
Unit V Assignment
Art Gallery: Critique
For Unit V of the art gallery presentation, you will again be adding to your PowerPoint presentation.
For this segment, you will be adding a critique of your gallery pieces and explaining how and if they fit into each of the art
criticism theories discussed in this course. Art Criticism theories (formal, contextual, and expressive) help art historians
and critics categorize art. An artwork will not represent a theory, but a theory can lead to a better understanding of the
artwork.
 Begin by reviewing your Unit IV feedback and making any necessary revisions.
 Next, research the three art criticism theories listed in Chapter 5 of your textbook and the Unit V Lesson. Be sure
to use APA format.
 Use the template slides labeled “Art Criticism Theories.”
 Complete three (3) slides, one for each of the art criticism theories: formal, contextual, and expressive
For each slide, address the following:
 Describe the art criticism theory.
 Tell why you feel this theory is the best fit for the artwork.
 Tell how the theory explains one of your gallery artworks.
 Explain how the purpose and structure of the work relate to this theory.
 Please submit your full presentation thus far, which should include the previous updated segments and the
segment for this unit.
To access the art gallery template, an example presentation, and other PowerPoint resources, click on the “Course
Resources” link in the course menu bar of Blackboard.
Click here to access an example of this presentation segment. Click here to view this example in PDF format.
Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.
Unit VI Assignment
Art Gallery: Background
For Unit VI of your art gallery presentation, you will be adding a written description of the background information on your
artworks to your PowerPoint presentation.
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Be sure to review your Unit V feedback and make any necessary revisions. Next, research the background and details of
your artworks using your textbook, the course content, and the CSU Online Library.
For this segment, use the slides in the art gallery template labeled “Background.” You will need one for each artwork. You
may include more than one idea on each slide, but please do not overload the slides with information. Be sure to address
the following:
 Describe the time period of the artwork.
 Include information on the artist of the artworks.
 Include facts that relate to your selected art pieces. For example, if your artwork depicts a war, it may be helpful to
give information about that war.
Be sure to use APA format during this assignment. It is important to give credit to the source that provided your
information. At the end of a sentence where you have information from a source, add a citation. The citation should
consist of the author or authors’ last name(s) and the year of publication. For our textbook, it would be (Frank, 2014). If it
is a quotation, add a page or paragraph number. For example, a quote from your textbook would look like this: (Frank,
2014, p. 119). Place the full reference for the source on the References slide at the end.
Please submit your full presentation thus far, which should include the five artworks and the description of their visual
elements, design principles, the art criticism theories, and the segment for this unit.
Click here to access an example of this presentation segment. Click here to view this example in PDF format.
Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.
Unit VII Essay
For the Unit VII Essay, you will visit an art museum of your choice. You may visit one in person or take a virtual tour via
the Internet. Below is a list of museums that offer virtual tours that you may want to review for this assignment. Please
note that you are not limited to this list:
 Louvre
 National Gallery of Art
 The National Gallery
You may select a virtual tour from this list or use the list included under the Websites tab in the Art Appreciation Libguide
in the CSU Library at this link. Please include the name and location of your museum in your introductory paragraph.
For this essay, write about two artworks from the periods we read about in Unit VII: Renaissance
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and school centered on the title page. Your written essay should contain at least three paragraphs (including an
introductory and conclusion). Your last page will have the word References centered at the top.
All sources used, including the museum, must be cited and included on the reference page. When you use a statement
from any outside source, you need to credit the source in this format: (last name of author (s), year) at the end of the
sentence before the period.
For direct quotes, use quotation marks and add the page number to your citation. An example of a citation for a quotation
from page 5 of our textbook would be (Frank, 2014, p. 5).
If you would like additional assistance with APA, click here to access the CSU Citation Guide.
Click here to access an example of this essay. Please note that this example essay does not follow the above directions,
but it does provide guidance on formatting and style.
Note: If you are having trouble researching your museum artworks, you may find it helpful to search e-books for additional
information. By choosing the fine arts topic first, then typing in a specific style of art (such as Renaissance or Baroque
artists), you will find several options in the Art Appreciation Libguide.
Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.
Unit VIII Course Project
Art Gallery: Commentary
For Unit VIII, the last segment of your art gallery course project, you will be adding a comprehensive statement to your
PowerPoint presentation and finalizing your segments from the previous units. You will submit the entire presentation,
including those portions from previous units, for a final grade.
Begin by reviewing your Unit VI feedback and making any necessary revisions. In your comprehensive statement, present
the last words on your art gallery. Summarize your thoughts and convey the larger implications of your art gallery. This is
an opportunity to succinctly answer the so what? question by placing the presentation within the context of research about
the topic you have investigated. Be sure to demonstrate the importance of your ideas. Do not be shy. The comprehensive
statement offers you a chance to elaborate on the significance of your findings.
For this segment, use the slides in the art gallery template labeled “Comprehensive Statement.” A minimum of three
PowerPoint slides are required; however, you are welcome to add as many as you feel you need. You may include more
than one idea on each slide, but please do not overload the slides with information.
Be sure to address the following in your comprehensive statement:
 Describe what you learned about art in general.
 Describe what you learned about the art criticism theory.
 Describe what you learned about art’s role in society.
 Citations and references are not a requirement for this section, but if you choose to use outside sources, they
must be cited and referenced accordingly.
 Although you do not need to add any new sources for the commentary section, you will need to ensure all APA
guidelines are followed for the presentation as a whole.
To access the art gallery template, an example presentation, and other PowerPoint resources, click on the “Course
Resources” link in the course menu bar of Blackboard.
Click here to access an example of this presentation segment. Click here to view this example in PDF format.
Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.
APA Guidelines
The application of the APA writing style shall be practical, functional, and appropriate to each academic level, with the
primary purpose being the documentation (citation) of sources. CSU requires that students use APA style for certain
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papers and projects. Students should always carefully read and follow assignment directions and review the associated
grading rubric when available. Students can find CSU’s Citation Guide by clicking here. This document includes examples
and sample papers and provides information on how to contact the CSU Success Center.
Grading Rubrics
This course utilizes analytic grading rubrics as tools for your professor in assigning grades for all learning activities. Each
rubric serves as a guide that communicates the expectations of the learning activity and describes the criteria for each
level of achievement. In addition, a rubric is a reference tool that lists evaluation criteria and can help you organize your
efforts to meet the requirements of that learning activity. It is imperative for you to familiarize yourself with these rubrics
because these are the primary tools your professor uses for assessing learning activities.
Rubric categories include: (1) Assessment (Written Response) and (2) Assignment. However, it is possible that not all of
the listed rubric types will be used in a single course (e.g., some courses may not have Assessments).
The Assessment (Written Response) rubric can be found embedded in a link within the directions for each Unit
Assessment. However, these rubrics will only be used when written-response questions appear within the Assessment.
Each Assignment type (e.g., article critique, case study, research paper) will have its own rubric. The Assignment rubrics
are built into Blackboard, allowing students to review them prior to beginning the Assignment and again once the
Assignment has been scored. This rubric can be accessed via the Assignment link located within the unit where it is to be
submitted. Students may also access the rubric through the course menu by selecting “Tools” and then “My Grades.”
Again, it is vitally important for you to become familiar with these rubrics because their application to your
Assessments and Assignments is the method by which your instructor assigns all grades.
Communication Forums
These are non-graded discussion forums that allow you to communicate with your professor and other students.
Participation in these discussion forums is encouraged, but not required. You can access these forums with the buttons in
the Course Menu. Instructions for subscribing/unsubscribing to these forums are provided below.
Once you have completed Unit VIII, you MUST unsubscribe from the forum; otherwise, you will continue to
receive e-mail updates from the forum. You will not be able to unsubscribe after your course end date.
Click here for instructions on how to subscribe/unsubscribe and post to the Communication Forums.
Ask the Professor
This communication forum provides you with an opportunity to ask your professor general or course content questions.
Questions may focus on Blackboard locations of online course components, textbook or course content elaboration,
additional guidance on assessment requirements, or general advice from other students.
Questions that are specific in nature, such as inquiries regarding assessment/assignment grades or personal
accommodation requests, are NOT to be posted on this forum. If you have questions, comments, or concerns of a nonpublic
nature, please feel free to email your professor. Responses to your post will be addressed or emailed by the
professor within 48 hours.
Before posting, please ensure that you have read all relevant course documentation, including the syllabus,
assessment/assignment instructions, faculty feedback, and other important information.
Student Break Room
This communication forum allows for casual conversation with your classmates. Communication on this forum should
always maintain a standard of appropriateness and respect for your fellow classmates. This forum should NOT be used to
share assessment answers.
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Grading
Assessments (8 @ 4%) = 32%
Essays (2 @ 8%) = 16%
Assignments (5 @ 8%) = 40%
Unit VIII Course Project = 12%
Total = 100%
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