Funerary mask, 10th–11th century Peru, Sicán (Lambayeque), gold, copper overlays, cinnabar, 29.2 x 49.5 cm, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The ART 100: Art Appreciation and Techniques series introduces you to visual art and its practices across cultures.

This ART 103: Art in our world and beyond micro-course is the third of the series and looks at the context and analysis of artworks to explore the meaning behind them. It also examines how art relates to and interprets nature, the body, identity, sexuality, politics, power, beliefs and imagination, mortality, the spirit, and fantasy.

Step 1: As an open course, you can access all the learning resources on this course site without a password. Register to receive course announcements via email. (click on the graphic above). You will also need to login with your account credentials to post on WENotes, or participate in course discussions on

Step 2: Explore the course website to find out what the course is about, what is required and where the syllabus, course materials and E-Activities are located. Complete your orientation by establishing your own personal learning environment and declaring yourself to the group using your own course blog.

Step 3: Commence your study from the syllabus page. You can study at your own pace or follow the course with the group. Instructions are posted on the announcements page and you can monitor live interactions from the course feed.