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Welcome to the OERu course, ART 100: Art Appreciation and Techniques. The wiki course environment differs from other online courses you may have taken or seen because it is collaborative: students and users in the wiki can modify, edit, and/or contribute to pages. Before you do that, however, you will want to work through the course.

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Course identifiers

Course tag #OERuART100
Level First year bachelor's degree
Notional learning hours 100
Credits 3
Enrollment status Start anytime; no need to register
Original OERu redeveloper Thompson Rivers University Open Learning (TRU-OL)
Formal assessment services Thompson Rivers University Open Learning - Prior Learning Assessment

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Course Description

Street painting in guanajuato © Tomas Castelazo, www.tomascastelazo.com / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
This course introduces you to visual art and its practices across cultures. Emphasis is placed on the development of visual literacy through the consideration of art works, concepts and practices in different cultures. Students study the visual elements, media, art history and methods used to create and interpret various forms of visual art. Students learn how to appreciate, analyze, evaluate and contextualize a broad range of art works.

Learning Outcomes

After you successfully complete this course and all its activities and assessments, you will be able to:

  • Explain the role and effect of art in various social, historical and cultural contexts.
  • Engage the appropriate aesthetic theories and models to explain the processes involved in artistic production.
  • Discuss the political, social, cultural, environmental, and aesthetic issues that artists examine through their work.
  • Interpret examples of art, using an analytic and experiential process for understanding forms of visual art employing description, analysis, context, meaning and interpretation.


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