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Art (ART)

ART 001 (GA) Introduction to the Visual Arts (3) Introduction to the media, elements, function, making, and meaning of visual arts today and in diverse historical and cultural contexts.

ART 001 Introduction to the Visual Arts (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

ART 001 is an introduction to the visual arts and is designed to meet the General Education Arts requirement. The course is offered every semester at University Park, for example, with an enrollment of 330. There are no prerequisites, and students are assumed to have little or no background in studying or making art. As a result of taking the course, students are able to look more closely and find ways to say what they see in the visual arts. They become familiar with a broad range of subject matter, style and medium, with the principles of design that organize works of art, and with changing historical and cultural contexts in which the arts have been made and understood. They also experience the challenge of making art themselves, and develop a more informed critical point of view. Because of the large number of students that may enroll, ART 001 is primarily a lecture course with a text. But students actively participate in individual and collaborative activities during class, including, for example, drawing a hand, pairing to exchange observations on a work of art, and arriving at consensus in groups of five in response to the question "What is art?" and then reporting back to the whole class. With fewer students, the number of art projects and the opportunity for extended discussion and studio critiques increases. Evaluation is based on tests, assignments and inclass activities. Tests measure students' ability to identify keys works and the style and subject matter of unknown related works, to apply their knowledge of media and visual vocabulary by labeling their sketches based on images shown during the test, and to answer multiple choice questions on the principles of design, media, meanings, and historical and cultural contexts in the production and experience of the visual arts. Every class meeting includes question and answer sessions. To encourage collaborative learning, at University Park, the multiple choice portion of the test is given twice during the test period, to allow students the second time to work together with open books to answer the questions. The assignments range from sketching and writing about works during a museum visit, to surveying architecture and sculpture in the community, to making a collage. There will also be opportunities to earn extra credit, for example by making a collage judged to be among the best by a jury of their peers, by attending and writing brief responses to public lectures and exhibitions, and for identifying useful resource links for the course website. Students rely on the course website and email for all information and announcements, including resources specifically prepared to supplement the text, such as summaries of class discussion of what to ask when looking at a work of art, lists of key terms and concepts, sample quizzes, and links related to lecture topics.

General Education: GA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Arts
Effective: Spring 2004

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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