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3 Credits
Independent Study
$266.17 per Credit (No Fees)

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ART110: Introduction to the Visual Arts

Prerequisites: None
Undergraduate College Credit Courses
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Course at a Glance


Through this course, you will become familiar with the terminology, techniques, and creative processes used by visual artists. The visual arts encompass both two- and three-dimensional works. Two-dimensional works include image making in the form of drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography. Three-dimensional artists create objects such as pottery, fiber works, and sculpture.

Recently, artists have used the environment as a setting for their art or the earth itself as a medium to be manipulated. Some visual artists move closer to theater with performance pieces that involve human movement. Technological developments have introduced innovative and challenging visual artwork using computer imagery and photography. You will explore all of these varied and exciting aspects of the visual arts.

Humans have always used artmaking to express themselves, reflect on the human condition, and inspire change. Artmaking forms a powerful connection between societies and cultures. To understand more fully the experiences of a given historical era, it is most helpful to examine the art. To understand a particular piece of artwork, you must consider it within its historical context. Artmaking and culture have coexisted and interconnected with one another throughout history.

You will see many different styles of art and learn how art reflects and influences society.  Artists exist within a cultural context and this influences their subjects and the materials and techniques they use.  There are many threads that connect artists of the 21st century with those in previous eras.  Over the centuries, artists have created a rich tapestry of personal expression and artistic achievement.  Exploring and understanding this complex tapestry is the purpose of this course.

Lesson 1          Art, Subject Matter, and Creativity

Lesson 2          Analyzing Art

Lesson 3          Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking

Lesson 4          Sculptures and a Craft Scavenger Hunt

Lesson 5          Art Outside the U.S. Borders

Lesson 6          Art Through Time

Lesson 7          Renaissance-Era Art

Lesson 8          Art from the Late 18th and 19th Centuries, and Photography

Lesson 9          20th Century Art

Lesson 10        Art in the Modern Day, and Visiting an Art Gallery

Required Textbook

Frank, Patrick, Duane Preble, and Sarah Preble. Prebles’ Artforms. 11th edition (2013). Pearson. ISBN-13: 978-0-205-96811-4.

You must have the 11th edition of the textbook for this course - previous editions will not work.  You do NOT need the online key that comes with some versions of this book.

Lessons & Exams

You have up to 9 months from your enrollment date to complete:

Your grade for the course depends on completing and turning in all assignments as directed in each lesson. Successful completion of the exercises depends more on a willingness to commit time and effort to accurately follow directions than on innate artistic talent.

The final assignment is a paper in which you describe a single piece of artwork seen at an art exhibit. If you live in a remote area or are in the military, you may request a modification of this final assignment from your instructor.

NOTE: Course information, including tuition, technology requirements, textbooks, lessons and exams, is subject to change without notice.