Full course description
This course is an exploration of visual art forms and their cultural connections for the student with little experience in the visual arts. The course includes a brief study of art history and in depth studies of the elements, media, and methods used in creative process and thought. This course will teach students to develop a five-step system for understanding visual art in all forms based on description, analysis, meaning, context, and judgement.
The Open Course Library (OCL) is a project to create 81 openly-licensed high-enrollment general education college courses & lower textbook costs for students. The Art Appreciation course was developed by Christopher Gildow (Cascadia Community College), published originally with OCL, and is showcased here with his permission.
Faculty at Cascadia Community College
Christopher Gildow received his MFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Now a full time tenure track faculty member at Cascadia Community College, his previous work experience includes the University of Washington, Bothell and community colleges throughout the region, including Everett, Skagit Valley and North Seattle.
Chris is active in curriculum development, including a Gates Foundation / Washington State Grant to create an Open Course Library digital textbook for the "Introduction to Art" course. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012 from the National Society of Leadership and Success.
His studio work includes painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture.