ARTH 101: Introduction to the Visual Arts

ARTH 101-002: Introduction to Visual Arts
(Fall 2024)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW

Innovation Hall 132

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Section Information for Fall 2024

What is art? How do we look at and understand works of art, and why does it matter? This course will introduce the basics of viewing and analyzing art. We will begin by learning about the materials and techniques used to create art objects, and identify and analyze the formal elements of images. The course will then examine how visual images play a significant role in shaping a culture’s views on issues such as class, gender, and racial relations. We will ask how artworks in different historical periods supported, commented on, and challenged the existing social order. The materials of this course will be drawn mainly from Europe, but works from Latin America and Asia will offer different cultural perspectives.

This course fulfills the Mason Core Arts requirement.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduction to the content and principles of the visual arts. Approach varies with instructor. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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