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Syllabus for Art Appreciation

Syllabus / Course Outline, ART APPRECIATION


Course Description:

This course will introduce students to major art historical contributions from cultures around the world.  We will utilize the encyclopedic collection of the San Antonio Museum of Art to inform our learning, as well as draw upon information and ideas included in our textbook A World of Art, and resources available online. Learning activities will align with the state mandated TEKS, and give students opportunities to engage in arts-based research to connect ideas from art history with their own style of creative expression.


Required Readings:

All required readings for this course are from our textbook, A World of Art by Henry M.Sayer.

Additional readings will be pulled from scholarly online resources, such as museum websites.


Required Supplies:

All students are required to have EITHER a drawing book (thicker paper) or sketch book (thinner paper) to use throughout the year. Students will also need to have colored pencils. Students can purchase these items on their own. Students also have the option of purchasing a basic art kit from me for $16, or $30 for the higher quality kit.


Grading Categories:

  1. (20%) Daily Work/ Warm Ups.
  2. (30%) Sketches/ Projects In-Process/ Quizzes.
  3. (50%) Major Projects & Tests.


The Semester Exam will count as 14% of the semester grade.


Daily Warm-Up Activity

During the first ten minutes of class, students will respond to a prompt projected on the board. Students will keep a log of their daily warm-up activities in chronological order by date. If a student is absent from class, it is their responsibility to check with a classmate, or ask the teacher, what the previous day’s daily warm-up activity was.

Sketches/ Projects In-Process/ Quizzes

Periodically, art projects will be examined to check for progress in the form of sketches, examining efforts to make progress on the project, and through quizzes.

Major Projects & Tests

Students will be graded on creating a research workbook. This workbook will be an artifact showing the progression of learning. It will be generative as the class continues.

Semester Examinations

The Semester Exam for this art appreciation course will be in the form of student presentations of their work. Students will digitally capture evidence of their learning and share an in-depth exploration of one particular collection of art to highlight.




Late Work Policy:

            The late work policy will follow the NEISD policy. 20% will be taken off for late work. If the

            Absence is excused, the student has as many days to make up the work for full credit as they

            have excused.


Re-Teach & Re-Test Policy:

            Art will follow the Re-teach and Re-test Policies for NEISD.


General Grading Rubric:

                         EXEMPLARY WORK (90-100)

                                     *Work reflects all stated learning criteria.

                                     *Student demonstrates great effort to submit high quality work.

                                     *Work shows evidence of critical thinking.

                                     *Student turns in work on time.

                                     *Student uses materials and supplies appropriately.


                         GOOD WORK (80-89)

                                     *Work reflects most, but not all of the stated learning criteria.

                                     *Student demonstrates moderate effort to submit high quality work.

                                     *Work shows evidence of critical thinking.

                                     *Student turns in work on time.

                                     *Student uses materials and supplies appropriately.


                         WORK NEEDING SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT (70-79)

                                      *Work does not meet all stated learning criteria.

                                     *Student demonstrates little effort to submit high quality work.

                                     *Work shows little evidence of critical thinking.

                                     *Student turns in work on time.

                                     *Student needs reminders on how to use materials and supplies appropriately.


                         WORK NOT MEETING EXPECTATIONS (0-69)

                                     *Work does not meet all stated learning criteria.

                                     *Student demonstrates little to no effort to submit high quality work.

                                     *Work shows no evidence of critical thinking.

                                     *Student does not turn in work on time.

                                     *Student needs reminders on how to materials and supplies appropriately.

(Please note that this grading rubric is subject to change, depending on each assignment.)


Conduct Grade Exemptions:

            Steps 0-1: Teacher Intervention. Conduct Grade “E” or Grade “S”

            Step 2: Referral. Conduct Grade “N”

            Step 3: Referral to Administrator. Conduct Grade “U”. Student cannot exempt Semester



Academic Honesty:

NEISD does not tolerate plagiarism. Plagiarism is the act of trying to pass off the ideas or concepts of another as one’s own.  For example in art class, if you take material from a website, and insert it into your art, even if you modify it slightly – it’s plagiarism.  Therefore, if you appropriate images from an outside source, be sure you give credit where credit is due. There are many state and national art competitions that will disqualify entries if they suspect any form of plagiarism, so let’s be proactive to prevent any potential problems.



If you feel that you are being harassed in any way, please notify me. I will inform the appropriate NEISD staff to document your concerns. I will also share this information with your parents/ guardians.


Topic Outline:

*The basic elements of art and the principles of design.

*Overview of the San Antonio Museum of Art Collection.

*Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World

                        *Egyptian Collection

                        *Greek Collection

                        *Roman Collection

            *Ancient Near East Collection

*Asian Art

*European Art

*Islamic Art

*Latin American Art

*Oceanic Art

*American Art

*Contemporary Art



As a class, we will go on a fieldtrip to the San Antonio Museum of Art to see and explore the artifacts firsthand.


Additional Museum Information:

San Antonio Museum of Art has FREE General Admission on
Tuesdays: 4:00–9:00 p.m.  
Sundays: 10:00 a.m.–noon


McNay Museum of Art

ALWAYS FREE admission for teens 19 and under.

FREE general admission on Thursday Nights (4−9 pm) to see permanent collection. However, special exhibition access is $10 on Thursday nights.

FREE First Sundays of the Month (noon−5 pm)

*Bank of America's Museums on US - Present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card and picture ID on the first full weekend of every month for one free general admission.


Artpace San Antonio

Artpace is free and open to the public Wednesday-Sunday 12-5.