Sep 20, 2021  
2018-19 RACC Student Catalog 
2018-19 RACC Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ART 201 - Art Appreciation

3 Credit Hours

Students will explore works of art considered to be most representative examples of art in the history of Western civilization. Video, audio, visual examples of art, in conjunction with trips to museums and galleries, supplemental reading, and class discussion are used to facilitate the student’s ability to write critical papers on the topic of art.

Prerequisite(s): COM 121  or COM 122  

Semesters Offered: All


In order to stimulate interest and understanding of art, an individual must first gain knowledge of the basic elements of art and how they are used in the principles of design. These formal properties, such as line, shape, color, texture and composition, have been used by artists throughout history.


  1. Identify works of art which are considered to represent the greatest achievements of Western Civilization

  2. Analyze the challenges of form and technique that artists face working in various media

  3. Interpret works of art in relation to the societies in which they were created

  4. Identify how historical changes transformed concepts of art, artists and patrons in each period viewed

  5. Compare/contrast the various styles of Western art made within a single time period

  6. Write a 1000 word research paper critiquing a work of art

  7. Critique an exhibit at a local museum or art gallery

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