ARTS2050 Introduction to Art

This course provides a basis for understanding the visual arts from the perspective of the artist’s creative process and the viewer’s creative participation. Students will explore how form and meaning in art are shaped by many influences. A museum visit is part of the regular class schedule.




ENGL1021 and ENGL0921 or ESOL0842

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Identify key artists’ process, materials and methods
Use the formal language of visual art: line, shape/volume, color, space, etc.
Discuss art and artists within their cultural and historical contexts
Compare and contrast the development of visual ideas/conventions within and across cultures
Utilize visual analysis to assess form, materials and techniques used for the creation of artwork
Identify the purpose of key artwork and artifacts
Compare and contrast artwork from different cultures, religions and social organizations
Compare past traditional artistic endeavors to contemporary culture
Explain bodies of work within specific museum collections

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

Disability Services assists students with disabilities who need accommodations to access programs, services and college activities.  If this applies to you, please contact the DS Office on your campus to initiate the accommodations process. 
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Credit Details





MnTC Goal Areas:

6 & 8