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Key points
  • The wiki design and development model does not require a detailed and lengthy design blueprint because the process is iterative and the design becomes transparent as the development progresses.
  • The purpose of the design blueprint is to provide a high level overview for potential collaborators, the detail emerges in the relevant subpages of the project plan and draft materials.

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Purpose of Course

This course is an exploration of visual art forms and their cultural connections for the student with little experience in the visual arts. It includes a brief study of art history and in depth studies of the elements, media, and methods used in creative processes and thought. In this course, students will learn how to develop a five-step system for understanding visual art in all forms based on:

  1. Description: Explaining a work of art from an objective point of view, its physical attributes, and formal construction.
  2. 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.
  3. Context: Any historical, religious, or environmental information that surrounds a particular work of art and which helps to understand the work’s meaning.
  4. Meaning: A statement of the work’s content. A message or narrative expressed by the subject matter.
  5. Judgment: A critical point of view about a work of art concerning its aesthetic or cultural value.

After completing this course, students will be able to interpret works of art based on this five-step system of analysis; explain the processes involved in artistic production, themes, and the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic issues that artists examine in their work; and explain the role and effect of the visual arts in societies, history, and other world cultures.

Intended target audience

Entry is open. This course is intended for learners who wish to explore visual art forms and their cultural connections. Some learners may have some practical experience with visual art forms, but have never taken an art appreciation course. Some may have intentions of getting a Fine Art degree and this is one of their introductory courses. Little or no experience in the visual arts is assumed.

Learners should be prepared to:

Learning activity types, options and assessments

The course will be provided in an independent-study model with options for individual or peer work. Opportunities for summative and building up a progressive portfolio for assessment will be provided throughout the course.

Activity type
Individual activities
Optional peer-based activities where available
Read about it Read and view print and accompanying media materials

Follow links

Work with peers to summarize readings
Auto-marked quizzes for formative feedback

Brief written assignments – top self-selected examples incorporated into portfolio for summative assessment

Write about it Respond to provided assignments

Write reflections in journal

Summarize and reflect on responses to others' work

Share your assignments and reflections with others
Self or peer formative assessment using simple rubrics - top self-selected examples incorporated into portfolio for summative assessment

Final exam for formative assessment

Look for it Find art examples for various purposes Invite recommendations from peers, work with peer(s) to find art examples Top self-selected examples incorporated into portfolio for summative assessment
Create it Develop sketches, displays, presentations, gallery Develop sketches, displays, presentations, gallery Top self-selected examples incorporated into portfolio for summative assessment
Talk about it Provide commentary on own work

Provide commentary on others' work and invite commentary on own work

Discuss topics

Self or peer formative assessment using simple rubrics
Share it Present works – make available for others

Invite responses to presented works – summarize and reflect on comments Add to portfolio
Extend it Undertake self-directed work based on interests, personal goals Work with peer(s) to make choice, based on set criteria eg choose art piece for gallery, book
Optionally add to portfolio for possible extra credit

Authentication interview: OERu learners may be required to participate in a short telephone interview with the assessor for authentication purposes.

Credentialing: TBD

Learning outcomes / Graduate profile

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