Fine Art

SUNY OER Courses

SUNY OER Services offers template courses that can serve as starting points for your own development. You can mix, match, and adapt anything from the courses below quite easily.

These courses are delivered via the Lumen Learning platform, and can be integrated into your LMS (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle) quite easily.

  • Art Appreciation: varied content, lots from Open University and Khan Academy. Covers Elements and Principles of Design, What is Art?, Context and Perspective, Periods in Art History, Fine Art Media and Technique, Researching and Evaluating Art Information.
  • History and Appreciation of Art I: Course with many Khan Academy videos showing artwork pieces and architecture from the prehistoric era to late-medieval period. The course introduces an era, then focuses on specific pieces.
  • History and Appreciation of Art II: Course with many Khan Academy videos showing artwork pieces from Proto-Renaissance to the present. The course introduces an era, then focuses on specific pieces.

Additional Offerings

Beyond what’s already hosted inside the SUNY OER Services platform, many OER collections contain useful material for Philosophy courses. If you have suggestions of public domain or Creative Commons content to add here, please let us know.

Title Source License  Notes
Smart History SmartHistory.org CC BY NC SA
  • academic essays and videos for the study of art and cultural heritage
Met Museum Images Metropolitan Museum of Art Public Domain
  • guided instructions for locating public domain art images through the Met Museum website
NGA Images National Gallery of Art Public Domain
  • guided instructions for locating public domain art images through the National Gallery
Getty Search Gateway J. Paul Getty Trust Public Domain
  • search engine for public domain art images through the Getty Center
A Quick and Dirty Guide to Art, Music, and Culture The Ohio State University CC BY
  • guidebook to web resources for artists’ and musicians’ biographies
Introduction to Art: Design, Context, and Meaning University of North Georgia & Savannah State University CC BY SA
  • textbook
  • “Combining the best elements of both a traditional textbook and a reader, it introduces such issues in art as its meaning and purpose; its meaning and purpose; its structure, material, and form; and its diverse effects on our lives. Its digital nature allows students to follow links to applicable sources and videos, expanding the students’ educational experiences beyond the textbook.”
  • includes 400+ images

If you’d like to utilize any of the above resources in your own classroom, you’re welcome to

  • link directly to them in your learning management system (LMS)
  • copy and paste these materials into any format you’d like (a page in your LMS or a Word document, etc.). Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • print out materials and distribute them in your classroom. Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about integrating them into your LMS
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about collecting them in a bound, printed version to provide through your campus bookstore
The timeline for these last two options can vary, and will be discussed as part of your consultation with SUNY OER Services. Get started with consultation services here.