Art 1030 Art Appreciation               Instructor: Carol Norman  

 Office: C113G Phone: 424-3520 (ext. 50223)


Webpage: http:\\\cnorman


My office hours are posted by my door (Sometimes I can often be found in the art studio in the AFC. The phone # there is ext. 52550)  If you need to have a conference with me it is best to make an appointment, but you are welcome to stop by my office. My home phone # is 423-1781. Only call me at home, if it is very important and you cannot reach me at school.


Course Description: Understanding the visual arts, and their roles in western and non-western traditions, through an examination of their media, formal structure, and cultural context. Significant visual achievements, from ancient times to the contemporary period will be examined and discussed.


Text: Artforms by Duane and Sarah Preble, revised by Patrick Frank, any edition from the 7th to the latest is acceptable.  Published by Prentice Hall ISBN 0-13-183090-2 (revised 7th) or ISBN 0-13-089979-8. (7th), ISBN 0-13-193081-8 (8th) ISBN 0-13-5141 32-X (9th) a companion website may be found at  Some texts come with a supplemental cd or dvd, which might be useful for personal study but are not necessary for course work.

The Course: 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.

An e-learn version of the course will be available for your use. You are not responsible to do the research paragraph and discussion assignments. All papers will be turned in as hardcopies.

Learning Outcomes:


Š      Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and discuss significant works of art, as seen in world cultures, as forms of cultural and creative expression.

Š      The student will demonstrate his/her understanding of art concepts and terminology, and his/her ability to analyze and discuss both the formal structure and iconography of works of art.

Š      Students will demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of cultural diversity as seen in the artistic heritage of world cultures, and be able to explain the ways in which artistic production expresses the culture and values of its time and place.


Assignments and Grades: 

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

10% = what makes art "art" essay

10% = A hands-on art project (can be a collage, you do not need to know how to draw)

20% = A 750 word (minimum) essay in which you compare and contrast two works of art.

40% = 4 Unit tests

10% = an art review of (or a personal response to) work on display in Jackson or a nearby city (minimum of 500 words)

10% =Group research presentation


Plagiarism will not be tolerated. (Plagiarism = presenting someone else’s thoughts, ideas or words as your own.) Expect to fail the assignment if you copy from a web site, book, or another source without giving proper references. You must write in your own words and site your sources. In the e-learn course I have turned on the “originality checker.”  Please submit your paper to the dropbox before handing in a hard copy. The originality report will let you know about any inadvertent plagiarism. Unless it is citing your references, or titles, which it will do, please make changes before turning in your hard copy. I have turned this on for your benefit. Please use it.


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)


Attendance:  You are allowed one week of absences per course. In a class that meets three times a week, you are only permitted to have three absences. Save them for emergencies! Each absence after that may result in a loss of one point from your final grade for a maximum loss of 10 points or one letter grade.


Since we will be viewing images that may not be in the text your attendance is very important to your understanding of the material covered. If you miss a class, please get the information that you missed from the on-line lectures.


STUDENTS WITH DISABLING CONDITIONS:  Jackson State does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission and access to academic programs, services or employment.  Students with disabilities should inform the instructor and contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) inside the Counseling Office so that appropriate accommodations can be made, based on the Americans with Disabilities Act.  It is the responsibility of the student to provide current, documented evidence of their disability to the DRC. Contact Linda Nickell, Dean of Students, at ext. 354 for additional ADA information, or go to the JSCC website at



Art Appreciation Assignments

Essay 1: What makes “art” art?                                                     10% of final grade

The text of this essay is to be a minimum of 500 words.

Consider what you think of as “art” and then try to explain what makes it art. What do you respond to in a work of art? Is it the way it looks, or the way it makes you feel or the ideas it brings to mind? How important are the formal qualities?. How important is the content? Should one be subservient to the other? These are somewhat subjective criteria and there are really no right and wrong answers…but please think about the question seriously and be sure to reference actual works of art in your discussion to illustrate your ideas.


Visual Communication: A Hands on Art Project-                  10% of final grade

Create a work of art that makes a statement. It can be done in any medium you like. See what materials you might already have on hand..(i.e. crayons, markers, fabric scraps, paints or any interesting objects that would serve your purpose.) It can be composed completely of collaged images or found objects so that you do not need to be able to draw. The work can make a political or social statement or it can be of a more personal nature, but you need to be able to verbalize the basic premise of the piece. The purpose of this project is to experience some of the processes of creating a work of art.


Essay #2 : Compare and Contrast                                      20% of Final Grade

The text of this essay is to be a minimum of 750 words.

1. Select a work of art from the text (preferably a color image)

2. First, spend time looking thoroughly at this work of art, then, write an analysis of it. Think in terms of subject, form and content. Look for the elements of design and the principles of organization. How is the artist using color, line, texture? How is the piece balanced? What rhythms are established? Do we get a sense of movement? How is he or she using these “formal” aspects to help convey a mood, or idea?  Also, you may want to find out a little about the artists and the historical period they represent. What do you think was the purpose for making this piece?  What do you think they were trying to say?

3. Find another work that is similar in some way. For example, two still lifes, portraits, landscapes, or works on a similar theme like mother and child, the crucifixion, etc. Look carefully at both and compare and contrast the two. Again, think in terms of form, subject and content. How are they similar? In what ways are they different? Be specific.

4. Respond to these works of art, both critically and personally.  Do you think they are equally successful? Why? How do they make you feel? Do you like them?  Why or why not?

This is not a research project.  You should be able to identify and compare formal elements from observation. Look carefully at the pieces.


Art Review (minimum. 500 words)                                                             10% of final grade

Go to an art exhibition (at the “Ned” on Main St., or the art gallery in Casey Jones Village, the West TN Reg. Art Center in Humboldt, Union University Gallery, the Brooks Museum in Memphis, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, or the Parthenon, (both in Nashville). The Thomas Kincaid Gallery is not acceptable for this project. Look at the whole show and give your overall impression of the show. Does the show have a theme? What kind of work does it include?  Choose a piece or two to describe (as you did in the compare and contrast essay.)  Did you like the work? Why or why not?  Which pieces were particularly meaningful? Would you recommend this exhibition to others? Why or why not?


Group Research Project                                                              10% of final grade

Choose a major area listed below. Look in your text; find out some possible divisions to break up your topic among group members. Each of you research, in books, magazines and on the web and collect as much information as possible.  Compile your information with your group.  Print the information you find on the web. Photo copy articles in books. Bring the images, either the books, or magazines or save the images to disk and we will show them on the screen. Plan a 10 minute group presentation of the material you have found. A Power point presentation is a convenient way to do this but, if group members are unable to do this, any other means of presentation is acceptable.


1. Pre Columbian Art

2. Islamic Art

3. Chinese Art

4. Japanese Art

5. African Art

6. Indian Art

7. Native American Art

8. Oceanic &Aboriginal Art

Plagiarism is unacceptable! Expect to fail the assignment if you copy from a web site, book, or another source without proper quotation marks and references. You must write in your own word and cite your sources. I have added plagiarism detection to the e-learn dropbox. You can use it to make sure your paper has no accidental incidents, before turning it in. Please use it.



Art Appreciation Calendar and Reading Assignments Fall 2013


The chapters may vary according to your edition. Please make sure you reading the appropriate material, by topic.


Week of:
Aug 27:
Welcome, syllabus, start Lesson 1: The Nature of Art Chapters 1,2, 5 ((they’re short) include the chapters on evaluation of art)


Sept 3: finish lesson 1, Assigned: Essay 1, What Makes Art, Art? , due Sept.19

September 10: Lesson 2; The Visual Elements& Design Principles Chapters 3 & 4 Hands on Art Project assigned (due Sept 24)


September 17: Lesson 3 Two Dimensional Media Chapters 6 – 8 Essay 1 due 9/19 Essay 2 (Compare & Contrast ) assigned (due Oct 17)


September 24: Tuesday, Test 1 (over lessons 1-3) Thursday, Lesson 4: Camera Arts, Digital Media and Graphic Design Chapters 9 & 10 Hands-on Art Project due Sept 24.


October 1; Lesson 5: Three Dimensional Media Chapters 11 &12

October 8; Lesson 6: Architectural & Environmental Design Chapter 13

Midterm break Oct 13-15

October 17: Compare & Contrast Essay due; Lesson 7 Art in Prehistoric, Ancient & Medieval Cultures chapters 14 &15) 4, Group Project assigned, due Nov 5


October 21:  Test 2 (over lessons 4-6) continue Lesson 7

October 28: Lesson 8: The Renaissance & the Baroque Periods chapter 16

November 5: Group research presentations due, Lesson 9: Non-Western Traditions: Asian Art, African Art & Art from the Americas chapters 17, 18 & 19


November 12: Tuesday, Test 3 (over lessons 7,8,9,) Thursday Lesson 10: 18th & 19th Century Art in Europe and the USA chapt.20 Art Review assigned (due Dec 3, (reread chapter on evaluating art)


November 19: finish lesson 10, Lesson 11: Early 20th Century Art chapter 21

November 26: Lesson 12: 20th Century to Contemporary Art chapter 22 Thanksgiving break on Thursday

December 3: finish lesson 12, last class Tuesday. Art Reviews due Dec 3

December 10: Final  (test 4) regular class time