Art Appreciation Syllabus for 2021-2022
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ARTS-1301-DC001 Art Appreciation


Course Description

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.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Dual Credit Course

Syllabus Information



Textbook Access Code through the Amarillo College Bookstore:
REVEL for A World of Art -- Access Card
8th Edition ISBN  9780134082349
Author: Henry M. Sayre
Publisher: Prentice-Hall, New York, NY

The REVEL digital edition of our book is required for the course. The access code for the REVEL digital edition of our book is available through the Amarillo College Bookstore. The REVEL digital edition of our book is just like a digital ebook that you read and it also has audio playback of each chapter. None of our course work is submitted through the REVEL edition of the book – all of your assigned work is in our AC Connect course.

Information for the REVEL digital online edition of our textbook for Art Appreciation:

This course uses a digital online edition of our textbook A World of Art called REVEL through the Amarillo College Bookstore. Here is how to register to access the REVEL digital online edition of our textbook:

  1. Visit this unique link:
  2. Sign in with your Pearson Account. You can either: sign in with an existing Pearson username and password OR create a new Pearson account if this is your first Pearson digital product.
  3. Choose your course under 'My Courses' and choose an access option: redeem an access code that you got from your school's bookstore or purchase access online. There is a free trial if you are waiting for financial aid.
  4. I will not assign any course work through our ebook textbook on the REVEL digital online edition website – all of your assigned work is in our AC Connect Blackboard course. This is a digital version of our textbook chapters through the REVEL digital online edition that is just for you to read. When you log in to our ebook on the REVEL digital online edition website, you will see the table on contents on the first page, and you click on each section of the ebook to expand each section. Then click on the section you need. Again, this ebook is just to read, so no quizzes or assignments in our digital ebook on the Revel website are assigned. Your required course work is in our AC Connect Blackboard course only.
  5. Bookmark to easily access your materials.
  6. Pearson recommends using the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari with this digital product.
  7. Contact me if you lose the invite link.
  8. After you purchase the digital Revel ebook, you can optionally download the Revel mobile app here - .
  9. If you need help, check out these Revel student resources: 


Textbook, pens, pencils, notebook paper or notebook for note taking, access to a computer to complete online assignments and review class material.

Student Performance

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation
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.

Learning Outcomes (ACGM)
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

1. Apply art terminology as it specifically relates to works of art.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of art elements and principles of design.
3. Differentiate between the processes and materials used in the production of various works of art.
4. Critically interpret and evaluate works of art.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of arts on culture.

Specific Course Outcomes:
1. Students will demonstrate effective communication, critical thinking, and teamwork skills.
2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of the Visual Arts and Social Responsibility.
3. Students will understand the visual elements and principles.
4. Students will apply art terminology as it specifically relates to works of art.
5. Students will demonstrate knowledge of materials and techniques developed by artists over the centuries.
6. Students will understand the general characteristics of major art periods or styles.
7. Students will analyze works of art formally and conceptually.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

1. COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS. Students are responsible for having the minimum computer requirements. Students must have regular access to a computer with the following:

  • Current or very recent version of Windows or Mac operating system.
  • File types I can accept (I have a PC) - files such as doc., docs., txt., pdf., rtf., that will open on a PC. My PC can't open .pages files.
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP) capable of supplying at least 56k connection speed.
  • Email account and more specifically, checking your AC email frequently as this is how I will often communicate with you.
  • Supported web browsers: Firefox, Google Chrome, and Firefox works the best. 
  • Browser settings for your AC Connect course: Make sure that JavaScript in enabled in your browser. Make sure that you allow pop windows in our browser for your AC Connect course. If your browser warns you that there is a pop-up window anywhere in our AC Connect course, choose "allow" for the pop up window.
  • Screen resolution of at least 800 x 600.
  • Students are responsible for downloading all course required plug-ins as needed and having access to a computer that is capable of viewing all materials in our AC Connect course. Students may be required to get the following plug-ins (free versions and all are safe):
    - Adobe (Acrobat) Reader – this is required to view some course material.
    - Windows Media Player – may be required to view some course material.
    - Real Player – may be required to view some course material.
    - Quicktime Player – may be required to view some course material.
  • Access to YouTube videos is required. Students are responsible for obtaining access to YouTube videos that the instructor specifically links to on the YouTube website. The instructor is not responsible for the content of YouTube videos that are not specifically linked to in the course. Links to YouTube videos are constantly changing, so the instructor needs to be informed of any broken links to YouTube videos that are specifically linked to in the course.

2. TECHNICAL HELP WITH THE COURSE. Students are responsible for seeking technical help and obtaining more information on online classes and requirements from the instructor or contact AskAC (371-5000 or Additional help is also available from the Student and Faculty Help Center – .

During this time of transition to a Tech-Supported delivery method, many students need more technical assistance with Blackboard. Blackboard 101 is an optional self-paced Blackboard tutorial course to help familiarize students with the workings and mechanics of Blackboard. 

 Below is a link to a video with detailed instructions for registering for Blackboard 101.

If you have any questions about Blackboard 101, please contact


 - Our course content is delivered online through our AC Connect Blackboard course. There is a link to AC Connect on the top of the AC website page - . Click on the "AC Connect" link and once you are on the AC Connect Portal page, scroll down and click on the "Blackboard" link to login to Blackboard using your ACNetID ID and password (this is the universal ID and password assigned to you by the college). If you are having trouble logging in to AC Connect and/or Blackboard, please try a different browser. Call AskAC at 806-371-5000 if you need login or password assistance.  Once you are logged in to Blackboard, click on “Courses” on the left side menu and you will see a page with the AC Connect classes you are enrolled in. Search for our course and then click on our course link to access our AC Connect Blackboard course.

4. COURSE NAVIGATION. Students are responsible for navigating through the course to access the required material in this course.

5. STUDENT QUESTIONS. Students are responsible for contacting the instructor with any questions or concerns about the course. Students are encouraged to ask the instructor questions or get feedback. The instructor’s response time is usually within 24 hours on weekdays, and the instructor checks the course for email at least once on the weekend and holidays. Remember, the instructor is not a mind-reader, and communication is very important for success in the course!

6. GRADING TIME AND STUDENT GRADE BOOK. Students are required to submit all course work on time. The student understands that the instructor may take up to one week after the due date to grade submitted coursework. The student is responsible for checking his/her online grade book (“My Grades” on the Course menu) in AC Connect to make sure that grades for coursework have been posted after one week following the due date and contacting the instructor about any questions regarding grades.

7. STUDENT CONDUCT IN THE COURSE: Here are the rules of the road :) In our AC Connect course website students are identified including logins, coursework accessed, coursework submissions, exams, and emails submitted to the instructor. All course activity can be identified and accessed by the instructor and AC Connect administrators.
You are expected to refrain from any obscene or threatening dialogue in the assignment discussions, assignments, projects, and any correspondence with the instructor or other students in the class. If a student violates this expectation, it will result in a grade of "0" for that discussion, assignment, or project, will influence your grade, and can result in disciplinary action from the college. The instructor reserves the right to delete any student post in an assignment discussion. Students are expected to report any inappropriate behavior in the course to the instructor immediately.

Any violation of the appropriate conduct listed above will be noted by the instructor and considered in your grade as well as lead to possible disciplinary action or possible expulsion from the course.

8. PLAGIARISM: The student understands that plagiarism will not be tolerated in this class. Plagiarism is defined by the Amarillo College Student Handbook as: “...the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another’s work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one’s own written work.” This also includes copying Internet or written sources in any course assignment discussions or projects without citing the source, as well as copying another student’s work for this course. If a student is found plagiarizing any material in the course, it will result in a grade of "0" for that assignment discussion or project and can result in disciplinary action and expulsion of the student from the course.

9. COURSE CONTENT: Students understand that in the study of art styles and art history that occasionally there may be a tasteful representation of a nude (such as in Greek Classical Art), and agree to handle that content in a mature and responsible way.

10. COPYRIGHT NOTICE: Students must be aware and responsible for the Copyright Notice for the course: The materials on this course website are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for the purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated.

11. WITHDRAWING FROM THE COURSE: The student is responsible for contacting the instructor to approve the student's withdrawal request form before the last day to drop a course if the need arises. See the Amarillo College master calendar on the AC website and our course calendar for the date of the last day to drop a course. The college will not allow students to withdraw from a course after the last day to drop a course.

Grading Criteria

The final grade is based on a total of 100 possible points that the student can earn through completing assignments, midterm and final exam, a Team Project, as well as other grade considerations mentioned below.
90 - 100 points = A
80 - 89 points = B
70 - 79 points = C
60 - 69 points = D
0 - 59 points = F

  • Midterm Exam: worth up to 10 points. A Midterm Exam is required for the course. The exam consists of multiple choice questions to facilitate visual analysis and verbal discussion of correct art vocabulary, art media, and a general understanding of concepts covered in the course. Exams must be taken during the designated time period. In the case of a medical or family emergency, exams may be made up at the discretion of the instructor if the student provides documentation of the emergency to the instructor.
  • Final Exam: worth up to 10 points. A Final Exam is required for the course. The exam will be delivered online in our AC Connect course. Exams must be taken during the designated time period. The exam consists of multiple choice questions to facilitate visual analysis and verbal discussion of correct art vocabulary, art media, and a general understanding of concepts covered in the course. Reviews for each exam will be provided by the instructor in our online course. E
  • Team Project: worth up to 20 points. The Team Project is due near the end of the course. Information and guidelines for the Team Project will be available in our AC Connect course later in the semester. The Team Project must follow the Team Project guidelines provided in the course.
  • Unit Discussion Assignments: worth 10 points each. There are 6 reading and writing unit assignment discussions will be assigned over the semester. Total possible points for all the discussion assignments is 60 points.
    VERY IMPORTANT: It is important that you submit your first Unit 1 assignment on time. Your active status in the course depends on your submission of your first assignment by the due date and before the AC Census Date for this course (see the syllabus calendar below for the AC Census Date). If you do not submit your first Unit 1 assignment by the due date (at least a partial assignment), I will report you as inactive in the course and Amarillo College will automatically drop you from the course.
  • Extra Credit – no extra credit will be given in the course.


Additional Grading Information:
AC Connect Course Grade book
: Your course grades are accessed through the “My Grades” link on the Course menu in our AC Connect course as well as other links in AC Connect. Your individual course points earned for discussion assignments, exams, and the Team Project will appear in your AC Connect Grade book as well as a running grade percentage for the course. You can access your grade book through the "My Grades" link on our AC Connect Course Menu as well as other access points through AC Connect.

Due Dates and Submission of Course Work: You will complete your course work through our AC Connect course. Students are responsible for checking their AC Connect Course Calendar each week for specific course due dates (that are subject to change). Failure to do so will result in late penalties for your course grades. 

Students are responsible for submitting assignment discussions (in the designated assignment discussion forum for each assignment), the Team Project (as an attachment in the Team Project submission dropbox), and taking the course exams (in our AC Connect course) by the due dates. Assignment discussion forums and exams are locked (and unavailable) after the due date.

Please contact the instructor about submitting late work if you are having trouble keeping up in the course due to a medical or family emergency, problems understanding course work, or experiencing technical difficulties in the course.

Submitting Attachments and Required File Types: Students are responsible for saving text files that they submit as an attachment in our AC Connect course in “rich text format” (“rtf” file) or as a pdf file…for example, “team_project.rtf” or “team_project.pdf. When you are about to save a file you want to attach, just go to “save as” in your text editor program and save as a rtf file or pdf file. Also be specific in how you name your file – be descriptive and make sure you don’t make the file name too long. This allows anyone to open the file without having a specific text editing program.

Backing up Submitted Course Work: Students are responsible for saving all "sent" emails of questions. Students are responsible for saving copies of their responses to assignment discussions, the term project, and any email communication in AC Connect on their own computer hard drive - this insures a back-up copy of all student work in the course in case of a technical malfunction in AC Connect (Blackboard).


This course is an online course which means that instruction is delivered 100% over the Internet through Amarillo College’s AC Connect courses. (Note: Does not require a student to come to an Amarillo College campus for any portion of the course.) Students are required to login a minimum of two times per week and keep up with due dates of course work through the Course Calendar or the Course Syllabus.  When you access the course: check the course calendar for course work deadlines each week; read all information pertaining to unit assignments, exams, and the Team Project; and complete all course work on time to insure success in the course. 
To find our AC Connect course, go to and click on the "AC Connect" link (direct link is Your login for our AC Connect course is the same as your ADNetID. If you have password or ID issues, please contact AskAC at 806-371-5000. Our course will not be available until classes begin.


CALENDAR FOR ART APPRECIATION – All due dates subject to change.


  • Class Begins: Monday, June 6. Our course will not be available until Monday, June 6, and I will email you getting started on the first day of class.
  • Unit 1 Assignment (Intro. to Course and Discovering a World of Art): Available Monday, June 6 / Due Sunday, June 12 by 11:59pm
  • AC Census Day (8-week classes): Monday, June 13. This is when I report you as active or not active in the course. You must turn in your Unit 1 (or at least a partial assignment) by the due date for Unit 1 above to be considered active in the course. If you are not active in the course, you will be dropped from the course by the college.  Please contact me if you have trouble submitting Unit 1 by the due date above so I can help you!         
  • Unit 2 Assignment (Developing Visual Literacy): Available Monday, June 13 / Due Sunday, June 19 by 11:59pm
  • Unit 3 Assignment (Line): Available Monday, June 20 / Due Sunday, June 26 by 11:59pm
  • Team Project: Assigned Monday June 27 / Due Wednesday, July 27 by 11:59pm
  • Unit 4 Assignment (Shape and Space): Available Monday, June 27 / Due Sunday, July 3 by 11:59pm
  • Midterm Exam: Available – Monday, July 4 / Due Sunday, July 10 by 11:59pm
  • Unit 5 Assignment (Light and Color): Available Monday, July 4 / Due Sunday, July 10 by 11:59pm
  • Unit 6 Assignment (Texture, Time, and Motion): Available Monday, July 11 / Due Sunday, July 17 by 11:59pm
  • Last Day to Withdraw (8-week classes): Wednesday, July 20 (signed withdrawal form from me must be completed and submitted by student to AC by 5pm on Last Day to Withdraw). Please contact me at least several days or more before the due date if you need to drop the course so I have time to help you with your withdrawal paperwork.
  • Final Exam: Available – Monday, July 18 / Due – Sunday, July 24 by 11:59pm
  • Team Project, Student Peer Evaluation, and Late Work: all Due - Wednesday, July 27 by 11:59pm
  • Class ends: Friday, July 29

Additional Information

Helpful AC Connect Links:


Direct link to AC Connect portal and courses as well as your AC Connect email - Contact AskAC (806-371-5000) for help if you have trouble logging in or if you have ID and password issues.

AskAC - - support and technical help.

AC Connect Student Resources - .

AC Distance Education Home Page - Information on requirements and taking an online course.

Learn about using AC Connect (Blackboard) and using features of our course by reviewing the following tutorials - Blackboard On Demand Learning Center for Students – .

Student and Faculty Help Center and AC Connect Resources - Offers technical help to AC students.
The purpose of the Student & Faculty Help Center is to introduce and/or instruct students in the proper procedures to interact confidently with AC Connect components or other software required for course assignments


Other Student Support Services:

Writer's Corner - Academic Success Center:  

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The course syllabus and the course supply list are subject to change as needed.

Syllabus Created on:

05/31/22 7:51 PM

Last Edited on:

05/31/22 8:30 PM