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ART 100 - Introduction to the Visual Arts (GT-AH1)

  • 3 credits
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Exploration of the development of the visual arts based on formal, critical and contextual analysis of specific works of art and their creators. (3 credits/contact hours per week)

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

1. Define fundamental visual concepts.
2. Articulate historical changes and the contributions of significant artists.
3. Develop an understanding of why art is created.
4. Compare and contrast aesthetic concepts and explore multiple aesthetic value systems.
5. Discuss significant visual advances in the field.
6. Trace artistic influences in contemporary art.
7. Explore commonalities with related disciplines.
8. Articulate primary methods of expression.

Letter From Instructor

Hello! My name is Monica Deming and I will be your instructor for ART 100 – Introduction to Art. I have been teaching at Colorado State University for more than twenty years and have taught all kinds of different classes within the Department of Art and Art History. I began here years ago teaching drawing classes of all levels, then I moved on to teach painting and now Foundations. I am a working artist with an MFA in studio art from here at CSU (Go Rams!) and a BFA in communication design from the University of Nebraska–Kearney. I love teaching this class because I get to work with students from all over the University system who have a variety of interests and backgrounds.

In this class you will not only be studying the history of visual thinking from around the world, but you will get a chance to become an active participant in the art world as well. You will have an opportunity to go out searching in the world around you for things that are influenced by the visual ideas we are studying. You will get to see how museum curators put together exhibits, go on a virtual museum tour, and even compile your own digital show of images from history.

My hope is that when you complete this course that you will have not only a working knowledge of basic art history but also a little insight into how artists see the world as well. I hope you enjoy the course and please – if you have questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact me at any time.

Monica Deming
Senior Teaching
The Department of Art and Art History
Office – F104 Visual Arts

This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Arts/Humanities (Category 3B) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Arts and Expression (GT-AH1).

Textbooks and Materials

Please check the CSU Bookstore for textbook information. Textbook listings are available at the CSU Bookstore about 3 weeks prior to the start of the term.



Michael Fenton

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Michael Fenton is an art historian who specializes in the interrelationships between Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM). He has been teaching courses on the subject for CSU’s Department of Art and Art History since 2006; courses which he has also offered internationally as part of the department’s study abroad program in Italy. Michael received his M.A and B.A. in Visual Arts from The University of Northern Colorado after receiving his A.A. in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Colorado. His current research focuses on the imagery and visual thinking used within the disciplines of science and mathematics (particularly in the fields of particle physics, cosmology, chaos theory, topology, and non-Euclidean geometry).