ART 210: Art About You: Public Art

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Winter 2021
Credits: 3
Total Contact Hours: 54
Lecture Hours : 54
Lab Hours: 0
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 108
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: Yes - Approved
Grading Method: Standard Letter

Catalog Course Description

This beginning level art course will focus on art that is about you: home, street, community, transit, galleries and museums. The course will involve extensive use of local public transportation, art museums & galleries, and architecture as resources. Field trips are required. Funding percentage for arts programs, historical and current practices, will also be topics. 54 lecture hours.

Course Objectives

  • demonstrate a knowledge of aesthetic responses based upon critical thinking
  • analyze art based on composition, culture, style and medium
  • demonstrate knowledge of and analyze art as a non-verbal universal language of communication
  • demonstrate knowledge of various style of public art, artists and methods of construction
  • recognize and distinguish major monuments in public art, architecture and sculpture
  • compare artist works and use of materials and how it relates to the environment it is placed

Major Course Content

  1. Places of public art
    1. home community & cities
    2. streets 
    3. public plazas and gardens 
    4. public transit  
    5. houses of worship  
  2. Types of  Public Art 
    1. sculpture
    2. social practice and installation
    3. earth art & gardens
    4. tile and Mosaic
    5. murals
    6. street art and graffiti 
    7. architecture
  3. Elements and Principles of Art
    1. line
    2. shape
    3. color 
    4. form 
    5. texture
    6. balance
    7. proportion
    8. emphasis
    9. variety
    10. movement
    11. rhythm 
    12. harmony
  4. Funding Sources
    1. patrons
    2. percent for art programs
    3. taxes   
  5. Creation and Fabrication Techniques
  6. Artists

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Art Periodicals: Art in America, Art News, Artweek.

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

Read a review of public art and write a 2-3 page critique.

Examples of Outside Assignments

Visit local museums and galleries e.g. LACMA-Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MOCA-Museum of Contemporary Art, Norton Simon Museum of Art, and write a 2 page critique/review of a specific piece of art in their collection.
Photograph and document art works using terms related to art: line, shape, color, form and provide funding source information, historical, artist and working methods.

Instruction Type(s)

Lecture, Online Education Lecture