This art course consists of four main art disciplines: history, production, criticism, and aesthetics. Each discipline is distinctly different, allowing students to gain a comprehensive art foundation. This course chronologically covers movements beginning with prehistoric art and ending with baroque art. With each movement, students are given a historical context as well as an opportunity to learn and develop various art skills. Art Foundations, Part 1 also teaches students how to formally judge art and answer questions concerning the nature of art. This is the first course in a two-part art series (ART 041 and ART 043); however, either course may be taken independently of the other.
There are no required texts for this course, but students are required to have access to basic art supplies and a camera. General supplies include 8½" x 11" drawing and painting paper, drawing pencils, a kneaded eraser, colored pencils, watercolor or acrylic paint, paint brushes, and chalk pastels. These are relatively inexpensive materials that can be found at any art store.
Course Outline: 
1. Prehistoric Art: The Power of a Wall
2. The Greek and Roman Empires: Beauty for One, Not Beauty for All
3. The Middle Ages: The Medieval Masters
4. The Northern Renaissance: Symbolic Meanings and Interpretations
5. The Italian Renaissance: The "Rebirth" of Art and Man
6. Baroque Art: Divine Inspiration