Fine Arts | Art Appreciation
H100 | FINA | Beck, Stephanie


This course is designed to introduce the non-specialist to the world
of art. Its emphasis will be on viewing and understanding works of
art and visual culture within a cultural and thematic context. We
will discuss the purposes and themes of art, analyze objects, and
learn to talk and write about what we see. Students will learn a new
visual vocabulary which will enable them to see and enjoy a variety
of different styles, periods, cultures, and media, as well as to
become familiar with the terminology used in speaking and writing
about art. At the end of this course students will have attained a
deeper understanding of the role art plays in the world.

The basic format of this course will consist of a combination of
topical lectures, in-class activities and discussion. No previous
knowledge of art or art history is required; we will start slowly
and create a solid foundation on which to build subsequent
understanding and discussion.