Tyler Turett discussing his work with Art110 students in the CSULB School of Art's Gatov Gallery

Art 111 v2015b


School of Art
California State University, Long Beach
Standard Course Outline

Art 111 Experiencing Art

I. General Information

A. Course Number: Art 111
B. Title: Experiencing Art
C. Units: 3
D. Prerequisites: None
E. Responsible faculty: Glenn Zucman & Karen Kleinfelder
F. SCO Prepared by: Glenn Zucman & Karen Kleinfelder
G. Date prepared: September 25, 2015
H. Classification code: C-1, The Arts
I. Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
J. Cross-listing: none

II. Catalog Description

Art 111. Experiencing Art (3) Prerequisites: None.

Exploring art and contemporary culture through hands-on experience in diverse art media and gallery settings. Developing creativity and discovery through viewing and discussing art made by students from the CSULB School of Art.

III. Curriculum Justifications

The existing course Art 110: Introduction to the Visual Arts is being retired at the end of Summer Session 2015. From it 2 new General Education courses are being created, one focusing on Art History, and this course, Art 111 focusing on Experiencing Art.

This is a C-1, The Arts, General Education course.

Essential GE Skills


  • Creativity & Discovery
  • Interdisciplinary Learning


  • Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking

IV. Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire Competency – acquire entry-level competency with a range of art media from traditional to new media.
  2. Take Risks – confront fears of embarrassment, failure, and other limits, to take Activities (projects) beyond original parameters and into new materials, forms, ideas & solutions.
  3. Innovative Thinking – explore novel and unique ideas in the creation of new, boundary-crossing solutions to Activity prompts and encounters with Artists.
  4. Connections to Experience – connect relevant experience and academic knowledge (life experience, academic experience) to deepen understanding & broaden point of view.
  5. Reflection and Self-Assessment – demonstrate a developing sense of self as a creative learner, building on prior experiences to respond to new and challenging contexts in the arts.

V. Outline of Subject Matter

The following is a broad outline of topics to be covered. Subject matter and sequence of topics
may vary by instructor.

  • Create a personal website (SLO #5)
  • 12 weekly Art Activities, from Painting & Sculpture to Social Photography & Alternate Reality Gaming, each designed to introduce students to another set of Media, Ideas, and Personal Discoveries in Art. (SLO #1, SLO #2, SLO #3)
  • 13 weekly Conversations with CSULB SOA Student Artists, each intended to introduce students to a wide range of art ideas and media as practiced by artists working in the 21st century. (SLO #3, SLO #4)
  • 13 weekly Conversations with Art 111 Classmates, each intended to introduce students to connections and diversity within their cohort. Art 111 students view SOA Artists’ work together and use it as discussion material to explore their own culture vis-a-vis contemporary art. (SLO #4, SLO #5)
  • Write 38 blog posts across the semester, each reflecting on Competencies Acquired, Risks Taken, Innovative Thinking, Connections to Experience, and Reflection & Self-Assessment (SLO #1, SLO #2, SLO #3, SLO #4, SLO #5)
  • Create an ePortfolio (SLO #4, SLO #5)

VI. Methods of Instruction

This course focuses on active student engagement and interaction with student-artists from the CSULB School of Art. Each week consists of 3 primary projects:

  1. Art Activity – a range of media from traditional media like Painting & Sculpture to new media like Instagram and 3D Game Design.
  2. Conversation with an Artist – Each week students visit the 5 CSULB SOA Art Galleries located in the Gallery Courtyard between FA2 & FA3. Here they view 4-5 new exhibitions each week and select one of the exhibiting artists for a conversation.
  3. Conversation with a Classmate – Each week students have a conversation with one classmate they don’t already know. They discuss background and career interests, look at the art in the galleries together, and discuss the “Question of the Week” together.
  4. Experiential Writing – At the end of each week these 3 Projects are “turned in” via blog posts on the student’s personal website.

VII. Information about Texts & Readings

The following are examples of texts for this course:

A. Activity Briefs

12 Activity Briefs from course website, for example:

  1. Web Design
  2. Sculpture
  3. Social Photography
  4. Ethnography
  5. Painting
  6. Ephemeral Art
  7. Identity Art
  8. Portrait Photography
  9. Game Design 1 (3D Design)
  10. Game Design 2 (Augmented Reality)
  11. Fiber Art
  12. ePortfolio

B. Primary Sources

Primary Sources: reading 40 – 60 websites from CSULB SOA Student Artists

VIII. Selected Bibliography

As a 21st-century-focused course, this bibliography relies on online-based primary sources as much as possible. Most of the links below are the artist’s own websites. Most of the individuals listed are artists. Some would not take the label “artist” nor exhibit in an art gallery or art museum, yet because their work involves critical practice or critical making, they are also included here.

IX. Instructional Policies Requirements

Instructors may specify their own policies with regard to plagiarism, withdrawal, absences, etc., as long as the policies are consistent with the University policies published in the CSULB Catalog. It is expected that every course will follow University policies on Attendance (PS 01-01), Course Syllabi and Standard Course Outlines (PS 11-07), Final Course Grades, Grading Procedures, and Final Assessments (PS 05-07), and Withdrawals (PS 02-02).

All sections of the course will have a syllabus that includes the information required by the syllabus policy adopted by the Academic Senate. Instructors will include information on how students may make up work for excused absences. When class participation is a required part of the course, syllabi will include information on how participation is assessed. Syllabi will include a rubric for how written communication is to be evaluated.

X. Course Assessment

The exact set of course assignments will vary depending on the instructor. University policy requires that no single evaluation of student achievement may count for more than one-third of the final grade. Appropriate assignments may include:

  • Create a personal website (SLO #5) 5% of course grade
  • 12 weekly Art Activities (SLO #1, SLO #2, SLO #3) 35% of course grade
  • 13 weekly Conversations with CSULB SOA Student Artists (SLO #3, SLO #4) 35% of course grade
  • 13 weekly Conversations with Art 111 Classmates (SLO #4, SLO #5) 15% of course grade
  • Write 38 blog posts across the semester (SLO #1, SLO #2, SLO #3, SLO #4, SLO #5) (points for this work assessed through the other assignments)
  • Create an ePortfolio (SLO #4, SLO #5) 10% of course grade

Grading Policies

Grading policies and procedures and the percentage of the course grade associated with each assessment must be explicit on each instructor’s syllabus. Instructors must develop scoring guidelines for assessments, which must be made available to students.

Final Course Grade

  • 90-100% = A – mastery of the relevant course standards
  • 80-89% = B – above average proficiency of the relevant course standards
  • 70-79% = C – satisfactory proficiency of the relevant course standards
  • 60-69% = D – partial proficiency of the relevant course standards
  • Below 60% = F – little or no proficiency of the relevant course standards

XI. Consistency of SCO Standards across Sections

Art 111 is not currently offered by multiple instructors. If the School of Art were to offer sections from multiple instructors, consistency would be monitored through the School of Art Curriculum Committee, and the Head of the Foundation program would review the SCO and offer advice and/or materials to each faculty member new to teaching the course. All future syllabi will conform to the SCO. The responsible faculty or Head of the Foundation program may offer or require regular review of instructors’ course materials as well as anonymous samples of student work.

Tyler Turett discussing his work with Art110 students in the CSULB School of Art's Gatov Gallery
Tyler Turett discussing his work with Art110 students in the CSULB School of Art’s Gatov Gallery


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