Instructor: Michael Warren Wilson
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Fall Semester 2023

This course is an exploration of visual art forms and their cultural connections for the student with little experience in the visual arts. It joins a study of art history with in-depth studies of the elements, media, and methods used in creative processes and thought. After completing this course, students will be able to interpret works of art based on a five-step system of analysis; explain the processes involved in artistic production, themes, and the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic issues that artists examine in their work; and explain the role and effect of the visual arts in societies, history, and other world cultures.

Interpret examples of visual art using a five step critical process:description, analysis, context, meaning and judgment.
Identify and describe the elements and principles of art.
Utilize analytical skills to connect formal attributes of art with their meaning and expression.
Explain in writing the role and effect of the visual arts in societies, history, and other world cultures.
Articulate in writing the themes and issues that artists examine in their work.
Identify the processes and materials involved in art production.
Utilize information to locate, evaluate, effectively use and communicate information about visual art in its various forms.Communicate effectively with others to understand and appreciate the variety of responses art provokes.


To successfully complete this course, you will need:


1Creating and Understanding Art
Chapter 1-5
2Art of Early CivilizationsChapter 6-7
3Art of Rising Civilizations
Chapter 8-9
4Art of Asia, the Americas, and Africa
Chapter 10-12
5Art in Quest of Salvation
Chapter 13-15
6Art of an Emerging Modern Europe
Chapter 16-20
7Art of the Modern Era
Chapter 21-24
8Contemporary Art

Class Procedures / Routines
In order to provide you with the best instruction possible, you will need to be aware of the procedures of the class.

Entering the classroom – you will enter the classroom and sit in your assigned seat. You will look for information on the screen or whiteboards. Please follow the instructions given. If no information is provided please have a seat and wait quietly and patiently until I instruct you further.

Individual Teacher Assistance – I am a firm believer that the best way to learn is to teach. Therefore, if you have a question for me (that is not an emergency) you are to ask two (2) fellow classmates for assistance before you ask me. If at that time you still have a question, please raise your hand and I will be with you as soon as I can.

Class work – 98% of the work we do is in-class work. Therefore you must use your time wisely. If you do not complete assignments in class, they may be turned in when you finish them. I will keep many assignments after grading unless all students have completed the assignment. This prevents cheating/sharing answers. If you would like to see a graded assignment, please see me. There will be occasions where group work or group projects will be assigned. All grades given for group assignments will be individual.

Retakes / Redo Policy – You are always welcome to retake/redo any worksheets, writing assignments, projects, quizzes or tests that resulted in an unfavorable grade. The higher of the scores will be used.

Lectures / Presentations – throughout the semester there will be several presentations/lectures/talks/discussions. Paying attention, taking notes and listening quietly are necessary to insure that you know what is expected. Hand-written notes are required unless you have state-mandated accommodations for typed notes.

Grading Policies:
Grading is on a total points system. The general areas where points are awarded include:
● Projects, class work, critiques, quizzes( 80% )
● Art Appreciation Final Project ( 20 %)

Grading Scale: A 90-100; B 80-89; C 70-79; D 60-69; F 0-59