ART 105 Art Appreciation • V1-5 Cr.


Illustrates the visual components of art and artistic techniques and briefly surveys art history. Class format includes slide lectures and off-campus assignments at galleries or museums. Suggested for non-art majors.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Students are able to express a holistic view of the visual arts. Art Appreciation is not as structured a class as Art History.

  • Students understand how to look at art and are able to discuss what they should be seeing and why.

  • They are able to describe why art exists and why it is important to study it.

  • Students are able to articulate reasons for and functions of art along with connections to philosophy, history, economics, literature and many other areas.

  • In highly descriptive essays students will be able to record their reactions to works of art viewed in local galleries and museums.

  • Students be able to discuss works of art using the visual Elements of Style as well as various background readings, that provide knowledge of the time periods.

  • Students will be able to recognize style period within Western Art.

  • Students will overcome a fear of art and be encouraged to visit museums as a “fun” activity which will enrich their lives.