Art Appreciation


  2. A. Course Title: Art Appreciation
    B. Course Number: AR 113 - 30001
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: T Th 11:00:00 AM - 12:15:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Lyle, Mary
    G. Office: Western Heritage Museum (WHM) 108B
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2679
    J. Office Hours: By appointment. Email - or phone 575-492-2679 to schedule an appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: HAC117

    This is a general course on art appreciation. Open to all college students, it covers the analysis of art elements and principles as applied to various forms of visual expression including painting, drawing, sculpture, and architecture. This course will develop for the student awareness and appreciation of art through film and video, presentations, classroom assignments, and active student participation in class discussions. This is a three credit hour course.


    This is a general course in art appreciation, which may transfer to schools offering similar programs. It is recommended that the student check with the receiving institution if they intend to transfer.



    Preble's ARTFORMS, 11th Edition
    Author: Patrick Frank, ISBN-13: 978-0205968114; Pearson Prentice-Hall Publishing

    1. You must have the Text
    2. You must have a reliable computer and Internet connection


    Notebook for lecture notes. Pen or pencil.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


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    Grading is based on participation in class, quizzes, written assignments, and final exam.
    Class Attendance / Participation = 10%
    Quizzes (Best 6 our 7) = 60%
    Written Assignments - 15 %
    FINAL = 15%

    All assignments are due on the due date. Only in extreme emergency situations and with the teachers approval may missed work be made up. Students MUST make up missed work within 1 week of the due date. Failure to complete work in a timely manner, will result in an automatic grade of 0 for the missed assignment.

    Grades are averaged using a point system as explained in each assignment.
    90 - 100 = A
    80 - 89 = B
    70 - 79 = C
    60 - 69 = D
    0 - 59 = F
    Course requires a final exam.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Through participation in the course the student should develop an understanding and appreciation of the arts through processes including identification, description, analysis and expression of personal views and interpretations of art.

    Students will analyze and critically interpret significant and primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film.)

    Students will compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (such as political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, and intellectual).

    Students will recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.

    Students will draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any or all of the following: contemporary problems/issues, contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought.


    At the completion of the course it is expected the student should:
    • evaluate criteria that define art
    • be acquainted with the functions and purposes of art in various world civilizations
    • have developed an understanding of how art is part of our existence and how art-making is intrinsic to human nature
    • have become aware of the philosophy of aesthetics
    • use terminology to describe the characteristics of works of art
    • identify the visual elements as the foundation of an artwork
    • built a vocabulary of art with the ability to verbalize what is seen in works of art
    • Develop knowledge about how an artist can utilize the visual elements to portray an idea, evoke a feeling, and appeal to the viewer
    • evaluate and criticize artwork in the text and in their surroundings both now and through life
    • have a greater awareness of careers within the art world


    Office Hours by appointment. Email or phone 575-492-2679 to schedule an appointment.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    AR 113 Spring 2017 - This Course Outline is subject to change. You will be notified of any changes by the instructor.
    Day Date Reading Assignment In-Class Written Assignment
    TU 16-Jan Course overview #1 Writing Assignment
    TH 18-Jan READ - CH 1 NO CLASS

    TU 23-Jan READ - CH 2 CH 1 lecture
    TH 25-Jan READ - CH 3 CH 2 lecture

    TU 30-Jan READ - CH 4 CH 3 lecture
    TH 1-Feb READ - CH 5 Quiz 1 Review

    TU 6-Feb QUIZ #1 - (CH 1-3) CH 4 lecture
    TH 8-Feb READ - CH 15 CH 5 lecture

    TU 13-Feb TBA Quiz 2 Review
    TH 15-Feb QUIZ #2 ( CH 4-5) CH 15 lecture

    TU 20-Feb READ - CH 16 CH 16 lecture
    TH 22-Feb READ - CH 17 Quiz 3 Review

    TU 27-Feb QUIZ #3 (CH 15-16) CH 17 lecture
    1-Mar READ - CH 18 Quiz 4 Review

    TU 6-Mar QUIZ #4 (CH 19-20) 17) CH 18 lecture
    TH 8-Mar READ - CH 19 Writing a Critique

    TU 13-Mar FIELD TRIP (TBA)
    TH 15-Mar READ - CH 20 Quiz 5 Review

    TU 20-Mar QUIZ #5 (CH 18) CH 19 lecture
    TH 22-Mar Critique Due CH 20 lecture Critique Due


    TU 3-Apr READ - CH 21 CH 21 lecture
    TH 5-Apr READ - CH 22 Quiz 6 Review

    TU 10-Apr QUIZ #6 (CH 19 & 20) CH 22 lecture
    TH 12-Apr

    TU 17-Apr QUIZ #7 (CH 21 & 22) Quiz 7 Review
    TH 19-Apr TBA
    TH 24-Apr TBA
    26-Apr TBA

    TU 1-May TBA
    TH 3-May TBA

    8-May FINAL EXAM (TBA)