ABSTRACT  Although the visual arts have long been a feature of civilization courses, instructors do not always exploit their full potential. This paper presents a checklist to help teachers identify the relevant aspects of the arts for study. Its goal is to facilitate comprehensive treatment of works of art by focusing on three areas: the aesthetic dimension; the social context; and the artist's own experience. The checklist is followed by a series of activities which encourage students to integrate the various aspects of the arts while practicing their language skills.