This is an introduction to the visual arts, from painting and sculpture to clothing and industrial design. Works of art are examined as a primary means of exploring human communication. The articulate individual should possess skill in verbal, written, and visual communication. The ability to communicate visually often starts with the simple act of creating a picture. For example, when one person tries to describe something that is totally unfamiliar to another person, the unfamiliar object can be made more intelligible by means of a picture than by a written or oral description. This case exists in many of the descriptive sciences, such as geology, botany, biology, and paleontology, where words cannot convey the fullness of detail that even the simplest sketch can. A different type of problem exists when one attempts to give form to an imaginative concept, such as when an architect or an engineer wishes to describe a structure or machine to a prospective client or builder. Then in the realm of literature, have you ever
noticed how much more meaningful a story is if it is effectively illustrated? You are given tangible images that bolster and enrich your own mental vision of the events in the story. Several rationales may help students to understand the importance of a course in Art Appreciation. This kind of course will increase the students' cultural literacy. It explores the nature of the creative process and provides the student a vocabulary through which the student can examine the process of creating art. It is the beginning of a process that brings awareness of important works of art; more importantly, the study of art provides the student knowledge of when and how noted works were created. For the general college student, this course may be the only formal exposure they have to the study of
art.