This course explores the world’s visual arts, focusing on the development of visual awareness, assessment, and appreciation by examining a variety of styles from various periods and cultures while emphasizing the development of a common visual language. The materials are meant to foster a broader understanding of the role of visual art in human culture and experience from the prehistoric through the contemporary. This is an Open Educational Resource (OER), an openly licensed educational material designed to replace a traditional textbook.

Adapting Materials

For ease of adapting the materials, editable files are provided. Under additional files, you can download ZIP files of the presentations in PowerPoint and the reading lists in Word, as well as a Word document of sample sketchbook assignment topics. Presentations and reading lists are separated by lessons within the ZIP files.


This Art Appreciation OER was adapted from existing resources by Marie Porterfield Barry for the Fall 2019 semester as part of East Tennessee State University’s Open Educational Resources (OERs) Awards Program.

Presentations-PowerPoint.zip (845380 kB)
Presentations in PowerPoint

Reading-Lists-Word.zip (297 kB)
Reading Lists in Word

Sample-Sketchbook-Assignments.docx (20 kB)
Sketchbook Assignments in Word