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Module 4: Periods in Art History
Why It MattersKey Characteristics of Art: PrehistoryReading: Prehistoric Art: Paleolithic OriginsReading: The Neolithic RevolutionReading: Ancient Near EastReading: Ancient EgyptReading: Ancient Greece and RomeKey Characteristics of Art: Age of FaithReading: The Medieval and Byzantine ErasReading: Early Christian ArtReading: Church ArchitectureReading: Arts of the Islamic World: the Early PeriodReading: Introduction to Mosque ArchitectureReading: RomanesqueReading: Gothic ArchitectureReading: Neo-Confucianism and Fan Kuan's Travelers by Streams and MountainsReading: Shiva As Lord of the Dance (Nataraja)Reading: Classic Maya Portrait StelaeKey Characteristics of Art: Renaissance through BaroqueReading: Florence in the Trecento (1300s)Reading: Florence in the Early RenaissanceVideo: Linear Perspective: Brunelleschi's ExperiementVideo: How One-Point Linear Perspective WorksVideo: Rogier van der Weyden, Deposition, c. 1435Reading: Toward the High RenaissanceReading: 1500-1600 End of the Renaissance and the ReformationReading: The Baroque: Art, Politics, and Religion in Seventeenth-Century EuropeKey Characteristics of Art: Eighteenth and Nineteenth CenturiesReading: Fragonard's The SwingReading: 1700-1800 Age of EnlightenmentReading: Neo-ClassicismReading: David's Death of MaratReading: Romanticism in France Delacroix's Liberty Leading the PeopleVideo: Charles Barry and A.W.N. Pugin Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)Reading: Hokusai's Under the Wave off Kanagawa (The Great Wave)Reading: Becoming ModernReading: Early PhotographyReading: ImpressionismReading: Nkisi NkondiKey Characteristics of Art: 1900 to the PresentReading: Cubism and Picasso's Still Life with Chair CaningVideo: Wassily Kandinsky, Composition VII, 1913, Abstract ExpressionismReading: British Art and Literature During WWIReading: Italian Futurism: An IntroductionReading: Dada and SurrealismReading: Art in Nazi GermanyReading: The Origins of Abstract ExpressionismReading: PhotographyReading: Contemporary ArtReading: Warhol's Gold Marilyn MonroeReading: Conceptual ArtReading: Mary Kelly's Post-Partum DocumentReading: Appropriation (The "Pictures Generation")Compare Artworks—Similar PeriodReading: Modern Storytellers: Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Faith RinggoldCompare Artworks—Different Periods and CulturesReading: African Influences in Modern ArtHistorical Influence of ArtReading: Classical Art and Modern DressPutting It Together

Course Contents at a Glance

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Module 1: Elements and Principles of Design

  • Form and Content
  • Elements of Design
  • Principles of Design
  • Types of Representation


Module 2: What Is Art?

  • Art as a kind of communication and expression of culture
  • Purposes of Art
  • Aesthetics
  • Perception and Value
  • The Ongoing Definition of Art


Module 3: Context and Perspective

  • Perspective
  • Subjective vs. Objective Analysis
  • Context
  • Critical Modalities
  • Cultural and World Perspective
  • Symbolism


Module 4: Periods in Art History

  • Key Characteristics of Art: Prehistory
  • Key Characteristics of Art: Age of Faith
  • Key Characteristics of Art: Renaissance through Baroque
  • Key Characteristics of Art: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
  • Key Characteristics of Art: 1900 to the Present
  • Compare Artworks—Similar Period
  • Compare Artworks—Different Periods and Cultures
  • Historical Influence of Art


Module 5: Fine Art Media and Technique

  • Two-Dimensional Arts
  • Three-Dimensional Techniques
  • Architecture
  • Time-Based Art
  • Digital Technology


Module 6: Research, Communicate, and Evaluate Arts Information

  • Evaluate Source Materials
  • Document Sources


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