Art Appreciation

Course Details

Course Number
Spring 2013
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
Days & Times

ART APPRECIATION 1413                                                   MW 12:30-1:50


spring 2014



Catherine Prose, Assistant Professor of Art/Gallery Director


Office hours:  Room C105 TTH 12-3:00pm by appointment. You can contact me for special meeting times.


Catherine Prose (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


This course is designed to give you an overview of the workings of Visual Art.  We will examine art history as it relates to cultures around the world, and current art practices. 



The over-all purpose of this course is to encourage an appreciation of the Visual Arts in world cultures. This is a highly visual course, in which we will examine and discuss many works of art. We will be looking at, and analyzing, many images in order to gain an understanding of their form and content. By the end of this semester you will be able to:

1. Understand and use the vocabulary of art.

2. Identify some of the purposes of art and the roles of the artist.

3. Distinguish the elements & principles of design and explain how they are being used

    in a work of art.

4. Recognize some of the materials and processes involved in the production of a work

    of art.

5. Discuss art in a historical and cultural context.


Course Expectations





Exploring Art: A Global, Thematic Approach (with CourseMate Printed Access Card), 4th Edition, Margaret Lazzari; Dona Schlesier
ISBN-10: 1-111-34378-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-111-34378-1


Access code for CourseMate. This is a required companion web site for this class!

Use Course Key: CM-9781111343811-0000146


Access to Desire2Learn (D2L)

MSU student e-mail passward

Grading Standards


Your grade will be based on your performance on class tests and projects, as well as your participation in class and group discussions.


30% D2L Test 1: Friday, October 10 (8am) - October 12 (12am), Chapters 1 – 5.

30% D2L Test 2: Friday, December 5 (8am) – December 7 (12am), Chapters 6 – 14.

20% CourseMate online Tutorial Quizzes Chapter 1- Chapter 14.

10% Art Opening

10% Hands on Art Project







2 Major Tests:

Taken in D2L. You need access to the Internet (D2L) to take the tests.

·        Tests must be taken on the assigned dates.

·        You have a 3-day window to take each examine: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

·        You have ninety minutes to complete each test: once you login you must complete the test in the time frame. 

D2L Test 1: Friday, October 10 (8am) - October 12 (12am), Chapters 1 – 5.

D2L Test 2: Friday, December 5 (8am) – December 7 (12am), Chapter 6 – 14.


Tutorial Quizzes Chapter 1- Chapter 14:

Taken in CourseMate companion web site . Use Course Key: CM-9781111343811-0000146.

·        Many major test questions come straight from tutorial quizzes.

·        You earn credit for each tutorial quiz taken.


Art Openings:

You must attend one art opening. You may choose from the following:

·        Scott Frish, September 19th, 6-8pm, Juanita Harvey Gallery

·        Caribbean Exhibition, October 3, 6-8pm, Juanita Harvey Gallery

·        Faculty Exhibition, October 31, 6-8pm, Juanita Harvey Gallery


Grade Scale: A=90 to 100, B= 80 to 89,  C= 70 to 79, D= 60 to 69, F= below 60 ( a minus = the first two grades in the category and a plus the last two, i.e. B- = 80 or 81 and B+ = 88 or 89

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements


Attendance and attitude are influencing factors.  You should come to class prepared to work. Attendance is required for the entire class period. Excused absences are those which involve a documented health problem, family emergency, official university function, or religious holiday. Incompletes for the course will only be considered in extreme cases of personal injury or family emergencies.

You are allowed only 3 absences! After 3 absences your final class grade will drop 2 points. Example: Final grade 85 (B), 5 absences, your final grade will be 79 (C).


Other Policies


Department of Art will endeavor to comply with the intent of state laws or acts and the University Health and Safety Program in an effort to maintain a safe academic and working environment.



It is very important that submitted work, to be graded, be representative of your own design and execution.  These standards, at the minimum, require that you never present the work of others as your own.  Misrepresentation can result with a course grade of "F" given for cheating.



All students will be expected to act in a manner consistent with the academic goals

of the course;  that is, any behavior detrimental to the learning experience of the group will not be tolerated.  All electronic devices must be turned off before entering the classroom.  Cell phone disruptions will not be tolerated and will result in immediate dismissal from class.



Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible so that the necessary accommodations can be made.




This syllabus is subject to change. 

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