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Introduction to Visual Studies

by Pennsylvania State University

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Course Description

Course Overview:
Art 10 is an introductory art appreciation course created for individuals without any artistic background. This course introduces you to various art movements, cultural influences, artistic genres, artists, and their artwork. The main emphasis of the course is to teach you hands-on studio arts techniques as you conduct personal research and explore your own creativity. While utilizing historical and contemporary art concepts, the course guides you through different time periods. Examining and discussing artwork is a crucial part of this course, encouraging you to express your opinions about art in an intelligent and articulate manner. By the conclusion of the course, you will compile a portfolio of artworks reflective of your research, understanding, creativity, and personal growth.
Subjects discussed: Fantastic Art, Mail Art, Black and White Photography, Installation Art, and 3D Art.
Art Concepts explored: Line, Shape, Value, Texture, and Color.
Art Mediums used: Graphite Pencils, Charcoal, Pastels, Ink, Watercolor, Acrylic Paint, and Collage.

Course Goal:
By participating in Art 10: Introduction to Visual Studies, you will learn to identify and define various art movements, artists, and their artworks. You will also convey personal appreciation for art concepts, techniques, and approaches through the creation of your own art.

Course Objectives:
By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Evaluate a wide variety of artwork using an acquired artistic vocabulary
  • Place all artwork evaluated into its stylistic and historical context
  • Express informed opinions about art in an articulate and intelligent manner
  • Create works of art reflective of personal style and understanding of the course content 
Getting Started
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Customer Reviews


Generally clear explanation of what values are and how to create them with pencils and charcoal. The work she does on paper is seen upside down only. We never see it as she sees it.She talks about a 'cast shadow', but she never shows what that is either on her model,an apple,or on her drawing.

Not easy to download

I do not know but after I download all videos they do not work and I have to download it again and it always appears like I did not download it


You shouldn’t need a college course in how to use scissors to cut a picture out of National Geographic. Really. (Use a swiveling stencil cutter, at least.)

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