Georgia Highlands College


Georgia Highlands College

ARTS 1113: Art Appreciation

Instructor: Brian Barr

Office: (706) 802-5656

124 (125) Lakeview bldg.

Text: Understanding Art by Fichner-Rathus


Prerequisites: READ 0099


This course seeks to develop an understanding of the arts built upon an exposure to the painting, sculpture, architecture, and other art of contemporary and earlier times. Illustrated lectures and readings present the sociological and psychological factors that influence the production of art and show the basic problems of design and technique in the development of an artist and his/her works.

Goals and Outcomes:

A priority of this course will be to help students improve skills in the following areas: written communication, critical thinking, and knowledge of the humanities. Specifically the class will examine the following learning outcomes, which reflect Highlands College general education outcomes:

  • Students will be able to discern the impact and role of artistic achievement in society.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to analyze a work of art using relevant concepts and terminology.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of artistic techniques and procedures.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate familiarity with major historic and stylistic trends in art.

Class Policies:

  • All electronic devices must be turned off and out of sight during any proctored tests! Any camera phones, text-messaging devices, etc. found out during tests will be confiscated until after the test.
  • It is the student's responsibility to keep up on the information and assignments.  Be sure to find another student who can take notes in the event of your abscence.  
  • Check your GHC email regularly.  This will be the main form of communication outside of class-time
  • Plagiarism will not be allowed. Any paper or test in which all or parts have been plagiarized will receive a zero (0) for that assignment. The instructor will check assignments regularly and may request that students use

Testing and Grading:

  •  Six quizzes will be given (10 points each). Each quiz will cover two or more chapters (each quiz is worth 10 points). The quizzes will contain multiple-choice and/or true-false questions.
  • There will be a Midterm and a Final (worth 30 points each). Both the midterm and Final will include multiple-choice, true-false, and short essay questions.
  • There will be dates and times allotted in order to take tests. Quizzes and tests will only be given on these dates, so please make sure to keep your schedule open.
  • There will be several  writing assignments given throughout the course (worth 5 - 10 points each). Some will be in-class projects, while others will be intended as home-work. Due Dates will be assigned in class.  Late projects will automatically lose 3 points.
  • Students are also expected to participate in class discussions. Be prepared to discuss your answers and writing assignments with the group.
  • There will also be one Project associated with Analysis and Evaluation worth 20 points.
  • One extra credit assignment will be available (worth up to 10 points)
  • Essay responses and writing assignments will be graded on the following criteria: a displayed understanding of course material, the correct use of terminology, and an evident use of introspection.
  • There will be set times for Quiz re-takes.  The Instructor will inform you as to what dates will be open to make-up a missed quiz.  Only one quiz can be made-up, so please be sure to keep up with the schedule.  The midterm and dinal cannot be retaken.  If a student will be absent on the testing day, they need to set up other arrangements prior to the assigned date.

 You can determine your grade by dividing the points you have earned by total possible points (200). Grading: 1-.9=A, .89-.8=B, .79-.70=C, .69-.6=D, .59-0=F.

The instructor reserves the right to alter the dates, material covered or format of any exam after notifying the student in advance

Policies on student conduct and academic integrity:

Disability Statement: Any student who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the college Access Center (706: 802-5003) to coordinate reasonable accommodations. You are also welcome to contact me privately to discuss your specific needs.

This message applies only to students receiving financial aid: Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly. Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each class. Students who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation. If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student's financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form.

Extended Absence Policy

Students, who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time, sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course.

If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Division Chair is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class. The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request. All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun.

This course proudly supports the mission of IC @ GHC.

The mission of the Georgia Highlands College (GHC) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is to create a curriculum-wide culture of information competency (IC) among students, which will be demonstrated through writing or other modes of communication.

Important Dates:

May 13-14: Drop/Add dates

May 22: Last day to Withdraw with a W

May 27: Holiday

Testing Dates:

May 15 - Quiz 1

May 17 - Quiz 2

May 21 - Quiz 3

May 23 - Quiz 4

May 28 - Quiz 5

May 31 - Quiz 6


May 21 - Midterm

May 31 - Final Exam



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