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National Park, AR · General Education · General Education Com Arts

Art Appreciation

  • Spring 2021
  • Section
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/11/2021 to 05/15/2021
  • Modified 01/11/2021

Class Information

  • Class Format: Online

Course Description

This course is designed to analyze the structures, functions, styles, and mediums of the visual arts as they relate to and influence contemporary life. This is NOT an art history course. It is a "hands-on" course in which students will be expected  to participate in the exploration of art definitions and the use of art foundations with their appropriate grammar and philosophies.

ACTS Equivalent:  ARTA 1003

Prerequisites:  None

Corequisites:  None

Next Course in Sequence:  None


General Education Purpose and Objectives


National Park College (NPC) is committed to its mission statement, "Learning is our focus, student success is our goal."  NPC is dedicated to helping all students develop as communicators, critical thinkers, and professionals who behave ethically and recognize the diversity of the world around them. The General Education Objectives are designed to be an integral component of all courses at NPC.

General Education Objectives (GEO)

It is the expectation that upon successful completion of a certificate or degree program at National Park College, the student will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively using oral, written, and electronic methods.
  2. Use critical and analytical thinking skills.
  3. Demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and competencies.
  4. Exemplify professional demeanor, ethical behavior, and respect for diversity.

Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS)

Course Equivalent

Course Title:       Art Appreciation

Course Number:     ARTA 1003

Course Description

An introductory survey of the visual arts. Exploration of purposes and processes in the visual arts including evaluation of selected works, the role of art in various cultures, and the history of art.

ACTS Course Objectives (ACO):

  1. Analyze the nature and function of the visual arts. (CLO 1)
  2. Identify and analyze visual elements and principles of design. (CLO 2)
  3. Identify varied media associated with art processes. (CLO 3)
  4. Identify characteristics of a given period of art. (CLO 4)
  5. Identify selected works of various artists. (CLO 5)
  6. Identify and analyze the role of art in various cultures. (CLO 4)
  7. Write a short analysis based on an original work of art using terminology appropriate to the course. (CLO 6)

Course Level Objectives (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize how art communicates personal, social, and political experiences, opinions, and belief. (GEO 2, 3, 4)
  2. Identify the Formal Elements of Art and how they are used in art making (Line, Shape, Space, Light, Color, Texture, Time, and Motion). (GEO 3)
  3. Differentiate between various processes and mediums such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, time-based media, sculpture, architecture, and functional design. (GEO 3)
  4. Recognize works of art as historical visual records. (GEO 2, 3)
  5. Recognize themes in art and how they continue or change over time. (GEO 2, 3)
  6. Critique of work of art using the four steps of art criticism (Description, Analysis, Interpretation, and Evaluation or Judgement). (GEO 1, 2)

Required and Recommended Materials

Required Textbook:

   Title of Textbook: Living with Art 12th Edition

   ISBN:  978 1 259 916755

   Author: Mark Getlein

   Publisher: McGraw Hill

Course Activities

By the end of the day on Monday of each active class week, a new module will be posted on D2L outlining key points in the chapter(s) and identifying discussion topics for that week. The discussions will be due on Sundays at 7pm. Each week you will also be required to complete an assignment or quiz, which will be posted no later than Wednesday and due Sunday at 9pm. In addition to these regular activities, you must complete a midterm project and final exam.

Although we will never meet in-person as a class, I hope we will develop a sense of community through discussions and by various artistic activities throughout the semester. You may be asked to interact with art within your community, create an artistic project, or analyze everyday art forms within your local surroundings. These activities may require the use of a cell phone or digital camera to post images onto D2L. Some coursework may require you to post a video.

Week 1: Jan. 13 - Jan. 17

Chapter 1 “Living with Art,” pg. 3-20 (17 total)

Self Introduction – Due: Sunday, Jan. 17 @ 7pm

Chapter 1 Discussion - Due: Sunday, Jan. 17 @ 9pm

Week 2: Jan. 18 - Jan. 24

Chapter 2 “What is Art?,” pg. 21-54 (33 total)

Chapter 2 Discussion - Due: Sunday, Jan 24 @ 7pm

Assignment #1 - Due: Sunday, Jan. 24 @ 9pm

Week 3: Jan. 25 - Jan. 31

Chapter 3 “Themes of Art,” pg. 55-80 (25 total)

Chapter 3 Discussion - Due: Sunday, Jan. 31 @ 7pm

Assignment #2 - Due: Sunday, Jan. 31 @ 9pm

Week 4: Feb. 1 - Feb. 7

Chapter 4 “The Visual Elements,” pg. 81-118 (37 total)

Chapter 4 Discussion - Due: Sunday, Feb. 7 @ 7pm

Quiz #1 - Due: Sunday, Feb. 7 @ 9pm

Week 5: Feb. 8 - Feb. 14

Chapter 5 “Principles of Design,” pg. 119-142 (23 total),

Chapter 5 Discussion - Due: Sunday, Feb. 14 @ 7pm

Quiz #2 - Due: Sunday, Feb. 14 @ 9pm

Week 6: Feb. 15 - Feb. 21

Chapter 6 “Drawing,” pg. 143-158 (15 total); Chapter 7 “Painting,” pg. 159-180 (21 total)

Chapter 6 & 7 Discussion - Due: Sunday, Feb. 21 @ 7pm

Assignment #3 - Due: Sunday, Feb. 21 @ 9pm

Week 7: Feb. 22 - Feb. 28

Chapter 8 “Prints,” pg. 181-203 (22 total)

Chapter 8 Discussion - Due: Sunday, Feb. 28 @ 7pm

Quiz #3 - Due: Sunday, Feb. 28 @ 9pm

Week 8: March 1 - March 7

Chapter 9 “Camera and Computer Arts,” pg. 204-229 (25 total)

Chapter 9 Discussion - Due: Sunday, March 7 @ 7pm

Assignment #4 - Due: Sunday, March 7 @ 9pm

Week 9: March 8 - March 14

Chapter 10 “Graphic Design,” pg. 230-244 (14 total); Chapter 11 “Sculpture and Installation,” pg. 245-268 (23 total)

Chapter 10 & 11 Discussion - Due: Sunday, March 14 @ 7pm

Assignment #5 - Due: Sunday, March 14 @ 9pm

Week 10: March 15 - March 21

Chapter 13 “Architecture,” pg. 288-326 (38 total)

Chapter 13 Discussion - Due: Sunday, March 21 @ 7pm

Midterm Project: Due: Sunday, March 21 @ 9pm

Week 11: March 22 - March 28

SPRING BREAK - No Assignments

Week 12: March 29 - April 4

Chapter 14 “Ancient Mediterranean Worlds,” pg. 327-354 (27 total)

Chapter 14 Discussion - Due: Sunday, April 4 @ 7pm

Quiz #4 - Due: Sunday, April 4 @ 9pm

Week 13: April 5 - April 11

Chapter 16 “The Renaissance,” pg. 372-395 (23 total)

Chapter 16 Discussion - Due: Sunday, April 11 @ 7pm

Quiz #5 - Due: Sunday, April 11 @ 9pm

Week 14: April 12 - April 18

Chapter 17 “The 17th and 18th Centuries,” pg. 396-419 (23 total)

Chapter 17 Discussion: Due: Sunday, April 18 @ 7pm

Assignment #6 - Due: Sunday, April 18 @ 9pm

Week 15: April 19 - April 25

Chapter 21 “The Modern World: 1800-1945,” pg. 483-511 (28 total)

Chapter 21 Discussion - Due: Sunday, April 25 @ 7pm

Extra Credit Assignment - Due: Sunday, April 25 @ 9pm

Week 16: April 26 - May 2

Chapter 22 “From Modern to Postmodern,” pg. 512-537 (25 total)

Chapter 22 Discussion - Due: Sunday, May 2 @ 7pm

Quiz #6 - Due: Sunday, May 2 @ 9pm

Final Exam  - Due Friday, May 7

Grading Policy

There will be a possible 100 points during the semester. Each point earned during the course will be 1% of your final grade. I will grade discussions and essays based on thought, effort and connections to readings and class topics. You will not receive full credit if it is clear you have not read the text, misidentify artists, misuse terms or concepts, or are not putting forth a reasonable amount of effort towards the coursework.

At the end of the course, the overall numerical grade will be converted from a numerical scale to the following letter grade scale as indicated in the Grading Scale.

Grading Scale:

Final Grade  %
A 90-100%
B 80-89%
C 70-79%
D 60-69%
F Below 60%


Activities  %
Weekly Discussions (15 x 2pt each) 30%
Assignments (6 x 5pt each) 30%
Quizzes (5 x 2pt each, 1 x 5pt) 15%
Midterm Project 10%
Final Exam 15%
Total Possible 100%

Course Policies


Your submitted work will be a record of your attendance. Simply logging on is not attending the class. If you have not submitted work within two weeks, you may be dropped from the course.

Late and Make-up Work

Late work will be accepted with a -50% late penalty. Any deadline extensions for medical reasons or otherwise must be approved at least 24 hours before the due date.

Extra Credit Policy

One extra credit assignment worth 5 points will be available.

Feedback and Response Time

I will typically respond within:

24 hours, Monday-Friday, to messages or emails.

Discussions and assignments will typically be graded within one week of the due date.

Expectations for Written Assignments

Within discussions and other written assignments, you will be expected to relate to ideas and terms discussed in the course while using your own words and judgement. Art often is about personal interpretation, and artistic critiques should be your own. 

While you are free to write with a casual tone, please use proper grammar, punctuation and spell check. Do not use text messaging acronyms or shortcuts.

NPC Policies

Board Policy 6.600 -- NPC Attendance Policy

Instructions to Students regarding attendance:

  1. Students are responsible to know and comply with syllabus attendance and coursework guidelines in each of their courses.
  2. Students are expected to meet all attendance requirements and engage in coursework as outlined in the course syllabus. Failure to maintain satisfactory course participation is the equivalent of excessive absenteeism and may result in the student being dropped. To maintain good-standing in online courses, students are expected to submit assigned coursework in a timely manner per instructor requirements.
  3. Students participating in athletics or a college-sponsored extracurricular activity are required to communicate scheduled absences ahead of time and to make arrangements with their instructors regarding missed coursework, including exams. The instructor determines how academic work associated with a college-sponsored absence(s) can be completed by the student.
  4. Failure to meet a course’s attendance policy does not mean a student will be automatically withdrawn from a course. Students seeking to withdraw from a course should do so either online through the student’s account or in person by visiting Student Affairs.
  5. Students who do not withdraw from a course by the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date will receive an earned grade.
  6. A faculty member may administratively withdraw a student from a course, including online courses, any time during the semester up to the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date if attendance does not meet syllabus guidelines.
  7. Students will not be administratively withdrawn by faculty after the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date except in life-changing circumstances or as a result of military orders.
  8. The withdrawal of a student from all courses may require the student to repay all or a portion of the financial aid received as calculated by the Financial Aid Office in accordance with government grant guidelines.
  9. Only in extraordinary circumstances may a student earn a grade of IP (In Progress) to defer course completion. Please see the Incomplete Grades policy in the Student Handbook located at

The full attendance policy is available by clicking on this link to the Board Policy

Academic Honesty Policy

National Park College considers honesty and integrity as essential qualities of any learning institution. The faculty and staff strive to live up to these qualities in all aspects of their lives and encourage their students to do the same. Integrity and moral values will carry over in to their professional lives and careers. NPC’s goal is to successfully prepare all students for their futures and equip them to handle whatever challenges they may face; therefore, NPC considers academic dishonesty as unacceptable.

Any NPC students who display dishonesty in their behavior while attending classes at NPC will be subject to disciplinary action to help the student first and foremost, but to also protect the rights, dignity, and property of others while maintaining an environment that fosters success and learning.

Violations of the Academic Honesty Policy will not be tolerated on the campus. Violations may range from receiving an “F” on the assignment in question up to permanent removal from the College.

  1. Technology manipulation
  2. Collusion
  3. Deception
  4. Misrepresentation and Lying
  5. Cheating
  6. Plagiarism
  7. Fabrication and Falsification
  8. Stealing, Defacing, and Destruction of Property

Please take time to read the entire policy, which can be found by clicking on this link to the Academic Honesty Policy.

LMS Policy

Brightspace by Desire to Learn (D2L) is the official learning management system (LMS) for the College. All students are expected to complete the LMS Student Training prior to the first day of class during their first semester here. Below you will find various policies relating to the LMS.

Privacy Policy:  Links to the privacy policies for all external tools used in the course are provided in the LMS. You can find the various privacy policies by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Accessibility Statement:  Links to the accessibility statements for all technologies required in the course are provided in LMS. You can find the various accessibility statements by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Netiquette Policy:  The netiquette policy for this course is located in your course in the LMS. You can find the Netiquette policies by clicking on the Netiquette Link by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Flexibility Clause:  The aforementioned requirements, assignments, policies, evaluation procedures, etc., are subject to change. Learners’ experiences and needs, as well as emerging knowledge, will be considered in modifying this course syllabus.

ADA Statement

National Park College (NPC) believes in providing equal access and opportunity to qualified persons with disabilities in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990; and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008. It is our goal to ensure equal and comprehensive access to College programs, services, and campus facilities. It is the policy of NPC that no individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, and advantages or accommodations at the College. National Park College’s ADA statement may be accessed by clicking on this link to ADA statement.

The Disability Services office is located in Room 225 of the Student Commons Building. You are also welcome to call us at (501) 760-4227 or e-mail [email protected] for more information. Students with disabilities should visit our website using this link to disability services for more information.

Student Resources

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center provides tutoring and other resources to help students succeed. Visit our webpage at this link to the Academic Success Center.

Computer Services Department

The Computer Services Department provides computing resources for students including password resets. Visit our webpage at this link to the Computer Services Department.

NPC Library

The NPC Library provides a wide variety of services to students. Visit the NPC Library website.

LMS Support

Support for the LMS is available through NPC Online by email to [email protected], phone at 501-760-4292, or visit Charlotte Phelps Room 204.

Testing Center

The Testing Center provides test support for students and faculty. To learn more about the testing center visit our webpage at Testing Center.

Class Schedule

The schedule for this course will be made available in the LMS.  The instructor reserves the right to modify the schedule as the semester progresses.

Course Evaluations

Students will be asked to evaluate their instructor and course near the end of the semester. These student evaluations are very important to the improvement in the quality of instruction and course materials. All results are anonymous and shared with the faculty only after the semester is over and grades have been posted.

Legal Disclaimer

The schedule, policies, and assignments in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances or by mutual agreement between the instructor and the students. The instructor will always inform the students of any changes in a timely manner.

In the event of a community crisis the college reserves the right to change the mode of instruction for any or all classes.