INART 001 THE ARTS
TOM SMIALEK, FALL 2014

Office Location: 207 Schiavo Hall (Administration Bldg.)
Hours: MWF 11:00 - 12:00 pm; 2:00 - 4:00 pm, other times by appointment
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(570) 450-3058
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tws4@psu.edu

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Goals/Course Description:

In art, the more one perceives, the more one feels.  INART 1 is intended to serve as an introduction to the various media artists employ—painting, sculpture, music, theatre, film, dance, architecture—in their expression of “how life feels.”  Accordingly, it is hoped that a fuller understanding of these media will increase students’ capacity for feeling and aesthetic reaction to the art which surrounds them.  In this course, an emphasis will be placed on developing skills which increase aesthetic perception and on establishing a vocabulary which will allow the student to communicate effectively on his or her aesthetic experiences.


Course Objectives:
  1. When experiencing a musical composition, painting, sculpture, building, play, film, or dance -- students will identify various qualities of the elements of composition of that particular art form and its component parts, such as loud/soft musical dynamics, brilliant/muted colors, etc.
  2. When experiencing an artwork, students will identify various qualities of the principles of composition of that particular art form, such as consonant/dissonant harmony, regular/irregular rhythm, etc.
  3. Both collaboratively (in a group project) and individually (on tests), students will apply their knowledge of the elements and principles of compostition by discerning assigned qualities of each element/principle among contrasting artworks.
  4. Students will apply their knowledge of the elements and principles of composition either by:


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