Art Appreciation Syllabus for 2021-2022
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ARTS-1301-003 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)

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Online Course

Syllabus Information


Sayre's A World of Art –  Prentice-Hall, New York, N.Y. 8th Edition

Author: Henry M. Sayre

Required: Textbook Access Code for Art Appreciation (ARTS 1301) available through the Amarillo College Bookstore for significantly less than the hardback textbook
REVEL for Sayre's A World of Art -- Access Card, 8/E

This course uses a digital online edition of our textbook called REVEL. The instructor will email an invitation to join the class on the REVEL site. 

1. Once you have your access code (purchased from the AC bookstore) follow the link from the invitation email to the REVEL website.

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, then redeem the access code that you got from the bookstore.

Note: Pearson recommends using the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari with this digital product.


Internet access and a REVEL access code, purchased from the AC bookstore to view the textbook online.

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.

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Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

Students are expected to participate in class.  Class participation includes asking relevant questions, adding to class discussions boards, participating in any group work, meaningfully evaluating the work of classmates and otherwise contributing to the educational experience of the class members.

Students’ well-supported opinions are an important element of this class.  Students should express their personal opinions in all written assignments, class discussions and presentations. However, it is important that students support their views and opinions with facts and logic.  An unsupported opinion is of no value in this class.

This course is fast paced and will cover the same amount of material as a traditional 16-week course.  Be prepared for the level of commitment needed for success.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is vital.  Any acts of academic dishonesty will be penalized severely.  The instructor has a zero tolerance policy in regard to academic dishonesty.

Grading Criteria

Each student’s grade will be based upon his/her performance on each of the course sections. The course has five sections as follows:

Discussion Boards - 20%

Homework Assignments - 20%

Term Paper - 20%

Mid Term Exam - 20%

Final Exam - 20%


Discussion Boards

Each week will have an associated discussion board that students will be responsible for completing. See the discussion board guidelines located in the course content section of the class in blackboard for requirements and expectations.

Homework Assignments

All chapters will have an associated homework assignment. Each assignment can be repeated as many times as desired. The highest grade received on all of the attempts will be recorded.

Term Paper

Each student will submit a term paper near the end of the semester. Additional information concerning the paper will be available later in the term.


This course will have a midterm exam, which will cover the material in the first section of the class and a final exam, which will cover the remaining material for the class. Each exam is designed to assess your comprehension of the material presented in the textbook.

Late Work

Students are expected to complete all work in a timely fashion. Assignments submitted after the due date and time will have a 25% late penalty added to the assignment grade.


Discussion Boards

One of the key educational outcomes in this class is that all students participate in the discussion boards and learn to represent their thoughts in written form. If possible, students should check the board daily, read the postings and make responses. Each student should check discussion boards regularly in order to stay current on the week’s discussion.

Be timely in your work. Once a discussion board is closed, no further postings will be allowed.

Discussion boards will be open until 5:00 p.m. on the Saturday of the week the discussion board is opened.

It is expected that students will have differences of opinion. These differences should be encouraged and openly expressed on the boards. However, please do so in a respectful manner. No personal insults or attacks will be tolerated. Always give your opinion and support for your thoughts. Do not be offended if someone disagrees with you. A good discussion should have variations in opinion and be an outlet for intellectual growth.

Each week students will have a new topic for discussion. In order to get full credit for the discussion, students should give their initial response to the question by midnight on Thursday. Then by 5 PM on Saturday of that week, students should respond to at least four(4) other student postings with thoughtful responses that contribute to and benefit the overall discussion.

For the initial posting, begin a new thread on the discussion board. In order to keep the discussion relevant, each person should post the initial comments prior to reading any posts from classmates. Later in the week, the student should comment on the postings made by fellow students within the thread for that student. Comments such as “I agree” or “Well said” or “Point taken” should be avoided. Students should also avoid restating their original post because only postings with new information or comments will receive credit. If the student agrees with the post, then indicate why there is agreement. All postings must have some detail and be specifically related to the week’s topic.

The discussion boards are intended to encourage critical thinking. As with all written work, please cite any outside sources used. Students are encouraged to make frequent, thoughtful, and meaningful contributions to each discussion. Students should always support positions and opinions with facts and logic, not feelings and hearsay.

For more information on discussion board requirements, see the document on discussion board guidelines in the course content section for this class on blackboard.

Discussion board format is based on work originally created by Dr. Steven Palmer.


Schedule for this Course

Week 01 – Part 1 -- Chapters 01 - 02

Week 02 – Part 2 -- Chapters 03 - 07

Week 03 – Part 3 -- Chapters 08 - 11

Week 04 – Part 3 -- Chapters 12 - 15

Week 05 – Mid Term Exam

Week 06 – Part 4 -- Chapters 16 - 20

Week 07 – Part 5 -- Chapters 21 - 27, Term Paper Due

Week 08 – Final Exam

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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:
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Student and Faculty Help Center and AC Connect Resources - 
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Syllabus Created on:

06/05/22 9:43 PM

Last Edited on:

06/05/22 9:43 PM