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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 01/12/2021

Class Information

  • Class Days:  Online
  • Class Time:  Online
  • Class Location: Online
  • 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


Title of Textbook:        Living with Art Twelfth Edition

Author:                        Mark Getlein

Publisher:                    McGraw Hill

ISBN:                          978-1-259-91675-5

Course Activities

This course will rely heavily on the text and dialog between peers regarding written material.  You can expect:

Two discussion forums per week

One video assignment per week

Four tests throughout the semester (with study guides)

One formal critique of a work of art using The Four Steps of Art Criticism (FINAL PAPER 750-1000 words)


Work opens on Mondays by noon and will remain open for one week:

1/18  Welcome and Chapter 1

1/25 Chapters 2 and 3, Video Assignment

2/1 Chapters 4 and 5, Video Assignment

2/8 Chapters 6 and 7, Video Assignment, Study Guide Posted Chapter Test 1-7

2/10 Chapter Test 1-7 Open

2/14 Chapter Test 1-7 Due by Midnight

2/15 Chapters 8 and 9, Video Assignment

2/22 Chapters 10 and 11, Video Assignment, 

3/1 Chapters 12 and 13, Video Assignment, Study Guide Posted Test 8-13

3/3 Chapter Test 8-13 Open

3/7 Chapter Test 8-13 Due by Midnight

3/8 Chapters 14 and 15, Video Assignment

3/15 Chapters 16 and 17, Video Assignment


3/29 Chapters 18 and 19, Video Assignment, Study Guide Posted Chapters 14-19

3/31 Chapter Test 9-14 Open

4/4 Chapter Test 14-19 Due by Midnight

4/5 Chapters 20 and 21, Video Assignment

4/12 Chapters 22 and 23, Video Assignment

4/19 Chapters 24 and 25, Video Assignment, Study Guide Posted Chapters 20-25

4/21 Chapter Test 20-25 Open

4/25 Chapter Test 20-25 Due by Midnight

4/26 Final Folder Open

5/6 Final Paper Due by Midnight

Grading Policy

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.

50 Discussion Posts ( two per chapter, 5 points each) = 250 points 

5 Tests (50 points each) = 250

25 Assignments (one per week, 10 points each) = 250 

Final Crit Paper Due in May = 100 

Total Possible Points = 850 Points


Grading Scale

Final Grade





90 – 100%



80 – 89%



70 – 79%



60 – 69%



Below 60%


Course Policies

Late and Make-Up Work

Due dates are provided in the schedule.  I expect all work to adhere to the dates provided well in advance.  If an unexpected life-changing situation should occur, please contact me or have someone close to you contact me to let me know what is going on and how NPC can help.

Extra Credit

No extra credit opportunities are provided in this course.


I will typically respond within:

  • 24 hours, Monday-Friday, to messages or emails.
  • 72 hours, Monday-Friday, with grades and feedback for work that is submitted on time.


Plagiarism will not be tolerated in this course.  When submitting written material, your writing must be original or give credit to those who have been quoted in your writing.  Students who submit plagiarized work could receive a zero on the assignment and could be dropped from the course.


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.