Art appreciation and techniques/ART100 OERu course specification

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Part A: Course specification


  • OERu course name: Art appreciation and techniques
  • Level: 1st year Bachelor's degree
  • Notional learning hours: 120
  • Micro-courses (Three micro courses of 40 hours each)
    1. The artistic process and visual language (ART101)
    2. Artistic mediums (ART102)
    3. Art in our world (ART103)
  • OERu course codes: ART101, ART102 and ART103
  • OERu assessing institutions: Thompson Rivers University
  • Micro-credential options: No
  • OERu mode of study: Self-directed study or cohort-based independent study with peer-learning support.

Course aim

Learning outcomes

(Comment.gif: Need to rework these course aims to reflect three or four core learning outcomes. --Wayne Mackintosh, OER Foundation, New Zealand (talk) 02:09, 11 December 2016 (UTC))

  1. Interpret examples of visual art, using a five-step system, a critical process for understanding all forms of visual art. This system uses the five steps of description, analysis, context, meaning, and judgment.
  2. Identify and describe the elements and principles of art.
  3. Use analytical skills to connect formal attributes of art with their meaning and expression.
  4. Explain the role and effect of the visual arts in societies, history, and other world cultures.
  5. Articulate the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic themes and issues that artists examine in their work.
  6. Identify the processes and materials involved in art and architectural production.
  7. Utilize information to locate, evaluate, and communicate information about visual art in its various forms.

Strawdog alternative LOs

(Comment.gif: The LOs specified above were copied from the course materials. This subheading proposes alternatives for discussion.)

  1. Identify, research, integrate, and explain visual information concerning artworks and specific meaning.

Indicative content

Assessment and credit transfer options

Thompson Rivers University

Assessment type Learning outcomes Details Weighting Completion requirements


(Comment.gif: Need to confirm pre-requisites, eg English language proficiency. Other?)

Part B: Detailed objectives

Micro-course structure


Micro 1: The artistic process and visual language

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Define art within a cultural perspective.
  • Explain the difference between objective and subjective.
  • Explain the different roles art plays within different cultures.
  • Define the term subject matter.
  • Define the categories realistic, abstract, and non-objective.
  • Recognize, evaluate, and describe artistic styles.
  • Discuss the meaning of aesthetics and its relationship to cultural conventions.
  • Identify and discuss issues of visual awareness
  • Describe specific processes used by visual artists.
  • Compare and contrast art as a social activity and a singular creative act.
  • Identify and discuss historical forms of artistic training.
  • Describe the cultural ties to artistic process and training.
  • Define and describe artistic elements.
  • Define and describe the artistic principles.
  • Discuss compositional constructs and their effectiveness in the artistic process.
  • Using the language of art, compare and contrast artworks from disparate cultures.
  • Using the language of artistic principles, compare and contrast artworks from disparate cultures.
  • Translate a realistic artwork into an abstract composition.
  • Explain the meaning of both form and content.
  • Undertake comparative descriptions of form and content.
  • Identify the three levels of meaning in works of art.
  • Identify the use of iconography in art.
  • Define the term “context,” and discuss its essential role in finding meaning in art.
  • Describe the role of the critic.
  • Identify and describe the six critical perspectives.
  • Identify, research, integrate, and explain visual information concerning artworks and specific meaning.

Micro 2: Artistic mediums

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify and describe specific characteristics of two-dimensional mediums artists use.
  • Explain and demonstrate how collage has a significant role in the development of modern art.
  • Explain how the advance of technology is reflected in the art historical record.
  • Describe how cultural styles are influenced through the use of different artistic mediums.
  • Explain the effect photography has had on traditional artistic media.
  • Communicate how time-based mediums affect issues of content.
  • Compare and contrast different photographic processes.
  • Recognize and explain issues of form and content in photographs.
  • Explain the three elements of photojournalism.
  • Describe the effects photojournalism has on the news media.
  • Identify and describe the specific characteristics of three-dimensional mediums artist use.
  • Demonstrate how the advance of technology is reflected in three-dimensional media throughout the art historical record.
  • Explain the effects installation and performance art has on artistic experience.
  • Compare and contrast three-dimensional artworks from different cultures.

Micro 3: Art in our world

Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

Learning objectives

  • Discuss architecture’s significance to shelter and habitat.
  • Describe the traditional and modern styles of architecture.
  • Explain architectural materials and structural systems.
  • Describe architecture as a reflection of culture.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with symbolic uses of architecture.
  • Discuss new technologies and “green” adaptations in architectural design.
  • Describe how what we know is reflected in works of art.
  • Understand how artists use the natural world as a vessel for human experience.
  • Explore how art is a medium for self-identity.
  • Explore the limits to representation of the body.
  • Consider the idea of primordial couples and ties to human procreation.
  • Describe sexuality in art seen through different cultural perspectives.
  • Identify issues of propaganda in art.
  • Describe examples of art used to communicate political statements.
  • Explain art’s use as a form of protest
  • Describe ways that art expresses ideas of the spirit.
  • Describe how costume and decoration are used as vehicles for spirituality.
  • Explain art as a form of myth.
  • Describe the role of art in ritual and ceremony.
  • Discuss connections among art, magic, and the idea of the fantastic.

Course links (if available)

  • Planning page
  • Course materials