ART 160: Art Appreciation
Instructor: Sharon Tetly
Number of Credits: 3
Transferability of Course within Nevada: This course is a requirement for an AA Degree in Fine Arts from WNC.
It and can be used to fulfill a core requirement for a Fine Arts or Humanities course at UNR or for transfer to
a college or university outside of Nevada. It is designed to develop an appreciation for the arts and for their
role in the development of cultural values.
Instructor’s Office: Aspen 231
Office Hours: Mon. 2:30-4:00 p.m., Tues. 12:30-2:00 p.m., and Thurs. 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 445-4294 Fax: 887-4124
Home Contact Information (for emergencies): email@example.com Cell: 315-9948
WNC Campus Security: 230-1952
Canceled Class Hotline: 445-3030 or (866) 532-5118
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. in Aspen 210
No Text is Required for this course. The instructor will be providing you with Lecture Outlines for note-taking.
This course studies art, artists and art media of various historical periods to develop the student’s capacity to
evaluate and appreciate them.
This is an introductory art course, addressing basic philosophical questions and issues concerning art, exploring
the tools and processes artists use, and using art from around the world to examine the changes in the role or
function of the artist in her or his society.
Through a combination of reading, discussions, lectures, films, trips to the gallery to see exhibitions, hands-on
projects, and yes...tests, I hope to increase your appreciation for art and to stimulate your desire to learn more, see
more, and gain more enjoyment from the art around you.
Gain a broader understanding and appreciation of art and artists from different times and cultures around
Gain a broader understanding and appreciation of individual artworks and the underlying aesthetic,
cultural, philosophical and social influences that affected the artists who created them.
Learn to apply relevant course material to present-day issues and concerns.
Acquire an interest in learning more by asking questions and seeking answers.
General Education Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students are expected to:
Have an understanding of the fine arts.
Have developed their problem-solving, creative, and critical thinking skills.
Upon completion of this course, it is expected that students will have:
developed their creative capacities.
participated in at least one cultural or artistic activity, such as a visit to a gallery or museum or attendance at a
community art lecture or event.
Developed an appreciation for the arts.
Turn off cell phones while in class.
The class will be a combination of visual presentations and lectures, films, discussions, visits to galleries, and arts
organizations, hands-on projects or participation in materials explorations. This semester we may have the
opportunity to visit artist’s studios as well.
The presentation/lectures, in most cases, explore an in-depth focus on selected artworks, artists and topics related
to the world of art.
Attendance: Maximum of 4 absences allowed without consequences.
Attend every class. The course moves on, whether or not you move with it. Please understand that I will be much more
understanding in the event of a family emergency or personal crisis if you have not already used up all of your allowed
absences or made a habit of arriving late and/or leaving early. Please see the college catalog for the current college policy
Do not make appointments for other things during classtime (they will count as absences or partial absences.)
Maximum of 4 absences allowed.
2 partial absences (arriving after the lecture has started or leaving before class is dismissed) will count as one
A 3rd absence will lower your final grade by one full letter grade.
A 4th absence will result in a “W.”
Art Projects, Demonstrations and Visits to the Campus Art Galleries:
Some class time will be devoted to projects to introduce you to artistic practices in various disciplines. We will
also visit the campus galleries to view and discuss the changing exhibitions. I know that many of you are not
aspiring artists, so the points awarded on the days we do these things will be based solely on attendance and
participation. If you are present and you participate, and put some energy into what you do, you will receive full
points for attending and participating. In the event that we spend more than one day on a project, you will receive
project points for the days you are present in class and participating. There is no make-up for missed projects or
project days. You can make up one gallery visit by visiting a gallery exhibition on your own and writing a paper
on it. Talk to me if you need to do that, and I will give you the format and make suggestions as to possible
exhibitions you may want to visit.
If you wish to work on your project outside of class, you may come in during my office hours and I will get s the
necessary materials out for you. (Office hours are listed at the beginning of this syllabus.)
There will be three exams. The first exam will less material to give you a clear understanding of the format. The
next two are comprehensive and will cover more material. Your final is on Monday of Finals Week during what
would be your normal class time.
The format will be a combination of short-answer essay, compare and contrast, fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice,
Approximately 25 to 35% of the exam will be on study slides images—the images we focus on in-depth.
Approximately 65 to 75% will be on general information--(terms, art methods and materials, general information
from the lectures.) You may also be asked to compare and contrast other images to test your understanding of
concepts and terms.
I keep a CD of the PowerPoint presentations I use in class on file at the Reserve Desk in the Library and update
it each week after the classes are over for the week. If you miss a class, you can check out the CD, watch the
presentation you missed on one of the Library computers and make notes just as you would if you had been in
class that day. You can also use the presentations for review before the exams. This is provided to you as a
courtesy. Please do not make copies to take home.
Those who have English as a second language may use a foreign language dictionary (word-to-word only). Please
talk to me beforehand if you wish to do this.
I am always available for extra help. If my office hours are not workable for you, come and talk to me or leave
a message by telephone or email so that we can arrange a better time. Please don’t wait until late in the semester
to ask for help if you find you are struggling. I can do much more to help you if you come in earlier.
WNC supports providing equal access for students with disabilities. Susan Trist, DSS coordinator, is
available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that students may require. Please either meet
with me or contact Susan at 445-3275 at your earliest convenience.
You will receive a 100% refund if withdrawal is completed prior to the first day of class.
You will receive a 90% refund if withdrawal is completed within five working days into the
Drops must be made by Internet by the posted deadline.
Grading: First Exam 50 Points
Second Exam 75 Points
Final Exam 100 Points
Projects and Gallery Visits 55 Points
Total Points calculated into grade scale: = 280 Points
Extra credit possibilities: (not factored into final grade scale.)
Attendance: Being present for all classes. 5 Extra Points Possible.
Other: Not everyone’s strength is test-taking. This is a large class and some of our projects
require considerable materials and preparation. I occasionally need assistance in classroom
preparation before or after class. I also install exhibitions in our campus galleries and these
change approximately once a month. If you have an interest in helping install an exhibition,
or assisting at an art gallery reception for a visiting artist, please talk to me about it. You will
have an opportunity to meet and talk with artists and learn about the inner workings of art
galleries and the Art World (and, the food at the reception is usually very good…). These
extra points just increase your point total for the course, so if you have missed a project or
done badly on an exam, this is an easy way to help your grade.
Ex. 1 Ex. 2 Final Ex. Gr. Scale Ex. 1 Ex. 2 Final Ex. Gr. Scale
A 46-50 69-75 92-100 257-280 C 36-38 54-57 72-77 201-217
A- 45 67-68 90-91 252-256 C- 35 52-53 70-71 196-200
B+ 44 66 88-89 246-251 D+ 34 51 69-69 190-195
B 41-43 61-65 82-87 229-245 D 31-33 46-50 62-68 173-189
B- 40 59-60 80-81 224-228 D- 30 45 60-61 168-172
C+ 39 58 78-79 218-223 F 0-29 0-44 0-59 0-167
If a student is found cheating on an exam, paper, or project in this class, he/she will receive 0 points for
that exam, paper, or project and will not be allowed to make it up. In the case of duplicate, or near
duplicate papers, both papers will receive 0 points.
My expectation is that if you are required to write a paper for more than one class, you will write a
separate paper for each class. A paper turned in for credit in another class is not acceptable for credit in
this class. This also applies to projects assigned for this class.