Art 100
Art Appreciation
Spring 2009 Monday and Wednesday 8 am - 9:20 am
section 4170

Instructor Denise Johnson

Course Description

This course introduces students to the important principles, styles, forms and aesthetics of world art. Students will learn by studying, analyzing and writing about examples of art presented. This course is intended for students wishing to fulfill the MSJC Humanities General Education Requirement as well as for students in Art or Multimedia. In addition, this course provides a general overview for the student who has an interest in the context and history of art and culture.

This is a 3-unit UC/CSU course.

Required Text (Please choose one or both)

Frank, Patrick. Prebles’ Artforms. Eighth edtion. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2008.

Instructional Website

This course will be taught from the instructional website:
Lecture presentations and other course materials will be available at this site, and you will need to access it regularly.  Please let the instructor know if you do not have internet access.

Students are strongly encouraged to regularly review the companion website to the text: This site is an excellent study aid and will be consulted by the instructor in preparation of the exams.

Good attendance is essential to your success!  While you will not be graded directly on your attendance, numerous absences are sure to negatively affect your grade.

The deadline to add this course is February 6.  If you wish to drop this course, it is your responsibility to submit a drop card to the Admissions Office by February 12 without a grade of “W,” or by May 1 with record.

Be Kind

Please DO NOT use cell phones and other electronic devices (for text messaging, music listening, etc.) during class.  If you receive an emergency message during class, please leave the classroom and return when you can commit your attention to class discussion.

Special Accommodations

Mt. San Jacinto College abides by the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits federal and state agencies or programs from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities. Students in this course who have a documented disability, that limits a major life activity which may have some impact on your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations should meet with a counselor in Disabled Student Services and Program as soon as possible.



There are 400 points possible in this class.  Sixty percent of your grade will be based on four class projects, 15% on the midterm exam, 23% from the final exam, and 5% through class participation.

The grading scale is as follows:
  100 - 90% 400 - 358 points
  400 - 386
  385 - 372
  371 - 358
  89 - 80% 357 - 318
  357 - 345
  344 - 331
  330 - 318
  79 - 70% 317 - 278
  317 - 298
  297 -278
  69 - 60% 277 - 238
  277 - 264
  263 - 251
  250 - 238
  59% - or less 237 - 0


  Class Projects – 2 @ 40 + 2 @ 80 = 240 points

Students are required to complete four class projects.  The “What is art?” and the “Compare and Contrast” projects are each worth 40 points.  For the third class project, students may choose to create a work of art or to give a class presentation on a relevant topic for a maximum of 80 points.  Students wishing to give presentations must make prior arrangements with the instructor.  For the final class project, worth 80 points, students may choose to go to a museum during the semester and write an exhibition review or to write a research paper on a relevant topic.  Exhibition Reviews and Research Papers must be at least four pages and follow MLA guidelines for citing sources.  Additional instructions on each of the class projects will be given during the semester.


Class Book 20 mandatory points and up to 40 points extra credit


Students are required to create one page for the class book, worth a maximum of 20 points.  Up to two additional pages may be submitted, each worth 20 points extra credit.

Students should identify a work of art that interests them and report that choice to the instructor in class or via email. On the "Class Book" page (found in the "Projects" section) the instructor will list the artworks that each student has claimed. 

A scan or copy of the artwork being discussed should be included on the page.  With as much creativity as possible, the page should be filled with interesting facts and information about the artwork, the artist and the time period in which it was made.  Remember to have fun and to include information that makes the artwork interesting to you!

An example page can be found on the "Class Book" page.

Exams 2 @ 60 = 120 points

The midterm and final exam will consist of slide i.d.s, multiple choice, fill-in-the blank, matching and short answer essay questions.  Both tests will be worth 60 points.

You may NOT use notes while taking the exams.

Exams may NOT be made up.  If you have extenuating circumstances that prevent you from taking an exam, please discuss your options with the instructor BEFORE the exam takes place.

Participation 20 points

Students may earn up to 20 points for active participation in class and commitment to learning.

Extra Credit

Extra credit opportunities may be announced during class.  However, students are limited to earning a maximum of 40 extra credit points during the semester.

Cheating and Plagiarism Policy
Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. If the instructor finds evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the student will receive an F on the assignment and further action may be considered.
Late Policy & Miscellaneous Assignment Information

You may turn one assignment in late by one class day.  The late assignment will not be marked down, however any assignments turned in more than one class late, or in addition to the one accepted assignment, will NOT receive credit.

Please DO NOT complete assignments in class.  Assignments should be turned in at the beginning of class.  Any work done during class will NOT be given credit.

All course work (excluding the final exam) must be turned in by the last day of class.  NO ASSiGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE LAST LECTURE.


Class Schedule and Required Reading
Please complete and be prepared to discuss the assigned readings before the date they will be presented in class. This is a tentative schedule, and may be changed by the instructor at any point during the semester according to the needs of the class.

* All assignments are due on the Monday of the week listed

Discussion Topic
Assignment Due
January 26 & 28
Art in the Contemporary World
February 2 & 4
Looking at Art
Chapters 1, 2 & 5
February 9 & 11
Visual Elements
Chapters 3 & 4
February 16
Washington's Birthday - No Class
February 18
Prehistoric Beginnings
Chapters 6 & 14
February 23 & 25
Ancient Egypt
Chapters 13 & 15
March 2 & 4
Ancient Greece & Rome
What is Art?
March 9 & 11
Medieval & Islamic Art
Chapter 18
Notify if presenting
March 16 & 18
The Renaissance
Chapters 7 & 16
March 23 & 25
The Baroque Era
Chapter 8
Compare & Contrast
March 30
April 1
Chapter 20
April 6 & 8
Spring Break - No Class
April 13 & 15
19th Century
Chapter 9
April 20 & 22
Impressionism & After
Chapter 17
April 27 & 29
Early 20th Century
Chapter 19 & 21
Hands On
May 4 & 6
Between the World Wars
Chapter 22
Class Book page selections
May 11 & 13
Modernism in America
Chapters 11 & 23
Review or Research
May 18 & 20
Chapter 25
Class Book
May 25
Memorial Day - No Class
May 27
Contemporary Art
Fineberg: Chapter 16
June 3
Final Exam 8 am - 9:50 am


Recommended Exhibitions
Vanity Fair Portraits
through March 1
Carlton Watkins & the Rise of Photography in California
Getty Museum
through March 1
Portraits of an Artist: Drawings by Herbert Olds
MSJC Art Gallery - San Jacinto Campus
through March 5
Raised in Craftivity
Wignall Museum
through March 7
Other People
Getty Museum
through March 15
Your Donations Do Our Work
UCR Sweeney Art Gallery
through March 28
Adia Millett
UCR Sweeney Art Gallery
through March 28
You Belong To Me
UCR Sweeney Art Gallery
through March 28
Francis Alys: Fabiola
through March 29
Pomona College
through April 12
Art of Two Germanys
Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA
through April 19
Cerca Series: Javier Ramirez Limon
Huntington Museum
through May 10
Dan Graham: Beyond
MOCA Grand
February 15 - May 25


Recommended Art Venues
Los Angeles County
\ Claremont Museum of Art 536 W. First St.
J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
at the Getty Center
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
(LACMA) Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
250 S. Grand Avenue
    152 N. Central Avenue  
Los Angeles
UCLA Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
San Bernardino County
  Wignall Museum/ Gallery 5885 Haven Avenue
Riverside County
  MSJC Art Gallery 1499 N. State Street
    San Jacinto  
  UCR/ California Museum of Photography UC Riverside
    3284 Main Street  
San Diego County
Museum of Contemporary Art,
700 Prospect Street
  San Diego 1001 Kettner Boulevard  


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