Introduction to Art
(OCL Demo Course)
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What you will not find here: This is not a 'course in a box' or a course that student can enroll in for credit.  
This is an exploration of visual art forms and their cultural connections for the student with little experience in the visual arts. The course includes a brief study of art history and in depth studies of the elements, media, and methods used in creative process and thought. Visual and performing arts are part of the Humanities: academic disciplines that study the human condition and include the languages, literature, law, history and religion.
This course will teach students to develop a five-step system for understanding visual art in all forms based on description, analysis, meaning, contextandjudgment.
Description: Explaining a work of art from an objective point of view; its physical attributes and formal construction.
Analysis: A detailed look at a work of art that combines physical attributes with subjective statements based on the viewer’s reaction to the work.
Context: Any historical, religious or environmental information that surrounds a particular work of art and which helps to understand the work’s meaning.
Meaning: A statement of the work’s content. A message or narrative expressed by the subject matter.
Judgment: A critical point of view about a work of art concerning its aesthetic or cultural value.
Course Topics and Themes
Module 1: Definitions, Artistic Roles and Visual Thinking.
Module 2: Process and Training.
Module 3: How Art Works: The Elements of Visual Language.
Module 4: How Art Works: The Principles of Visual Language.
Module 5: How Art Speaks: Finding Meaning.
Module 6: Artistic Media.
Module 7: Architecture.
Module 8: Our World: Nature, The Body, Identity, Sexuality, Politics and Power.
Module 9: Other Worlds: Mortality, The Spirit and Fantasy.

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