This is a general education elective course, which demands no previous experience in the visual arts. The purpose is to create a consciousness and awareness of how the visual arts, both past and present, influence the quality of contemporary life. While taking Art Appreciation (HARTAPP), students will analyze ways that the visual arts function in his or her everyday life and contribute to the enhancement of the condition of man. The student will investigate the human need and concerns from which art emerges. Students will consider process, materials, techniques, organization of the visual elements, aesthetics and the relation of the artist to society.

HARTAPP promotes a deeper and more expansive appreciation of Art through its opus along with the multitude of cultural histories an individual has inherited.  Students will learn how to develop a five-step system for understanding art in all forms based on description, analysis, context, meaning, and judgment.  Through systemic thinking, reflective and blended learning, students are envisioned to become active participants critical of their surroundings.  Finally, this course aims to provide students the opportunity to explore visual principles and elements, observe, participate in or otherwise experience works of art in order to appreciate their role and purpose in life.


ILO1:  Create an original composition and display performing prowess or flow of thought in its execution.

ILO2:  Apply the formal elements and principles of design from text in constructing an actual art composition.

ILO3:  Discuss and value themes, socio-political, and cultural issues involved in the creation of a specific artwork

ILO4:  Compose a coherent and logical definition of what is meant by “art” in terms of cultural endeavor

ILO5:  Work harmoniously with other people in creating an output.

ILO6:  Display skills in planning and time-management.

ILO7:  Take photographs of societal issues that plague the community.

ILO8:  Propose a documentary that focuses on the quandaries of society

ILO9:  Exhibit participation and knowledge in using the Art Appreciation website entitled, Thespians.

ILO10:  Utilize software or mobile applications in editing videos.

ILO11:  Compile reflections discussing the importance and contribution of art to their growth as an individual, in honing resilience, trustworthiness, compassion, interpersonal competence, uniqueness, creativity, analytical thinking, and productiveness.

Attendance: Attendance is mandatory. Attendance will be recorded. The university’s educational system acknowledges no excused absences except documented illness or death of an immediate family member. If another situation or problem develops, please see your professor. Students will be expected to arrive prepared and on time to each class. Students are responsible for all the information and assignments covered during each class. Any extreme situation that causes a student to miss class or an assignment requires valid documentation such as a doctor’s note or a police report. Two absences will cause one full-letter grade lower for a final grade evaluation. Continuous absences will constitute failure of the course.  Any student with more than 6 absences may be dropped from the course or receive an R as their final grade.  There is a 10-minute leeway policy before students are recorded as ‘late’. Once a student is late 2 times, it will equate to 1 unexcused absence. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure the instructor knows s/he is present after arriving late. It is also the student’s sole responsibility to acquire all information that is missed. Documentation is not an automatic excuse or right to make up an assignment. It is up to the professor to make the final decision on allowing the excuse or make up.

Complete utilization of class time required. Leaving class early is highly discouraged and leaving class more than ten minutes early will also count as 1/2 an unexcused absence. Students need to check with the instructor before leaving class early. Students will find that to meet all the course requirements, this course will require working outside of class time.

Statement of academic integrity/Cheating and Plagiarism:  Students are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards. Academic dishonesty is considered a serious breach of these ethical standards, because it interferes with the college mission to provide a high quality education in which no student enjoys an unfair advantage over any other. Academic dishonesty is also destructive of the College community, which is grounded in a system of mutual trust and places high value on personal integrity and individual responsibility. Harsh penalties are associated with academic dishonesty. Cheating is defined as an attempt, successfully or not, to give or obtain information by illicit means in meeting any academic requirements, including examinations and class assignments. Plagiarism is defined as the use, without proper acknowledgement, of the ideas, phrases, sentences, or larger units of discourse from another writer or speaker, including information found through the Internet. Plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty and a breach of journalistic ethics. Any student who commits either of these infractions will receive a zero on that assignment, quiz, or test and may be subject to further consequences as seen fit by the instructor and the College.