Art Appreciation

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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



This course is taught using a mastery approach. It was designed to give you the best opportunity for success.  Your instructor will guide you through the process, but below are some important things to keep in mind as you begin.

Course Structure

  • Each course is built around Competencies, which are important skills or knowledge that can be used in the real world
  • Each Competency has enabling Learning Outcomes that teach you what you need to know to master the Competency
  • Each Learning Outcome is supported by Open Educational Resources, which are a range of materials that will help you build your skills and knowledge of the learning outcomes.

Demonstrating Mastery

  • There is a graded Quiz for each Competency

    • You must attain 80 percent on the quiz to demonstrate mastery
    • You can retake the quiz as many times as you need to get to 80 percent
    • If you are struggling to pass a quiz after three attempts, your instructor will provide you with support and guidance to help you be successful on your next attempt

  • There are also graded Performance Assessments for groups of Competencies

    • You must attain 80 percent on the Performance Assessment to demonstrate mastery
    • You can resubmit the Performance Assessment as many times as you need to get to 80 percent
    • If you do not achieve 80 percent on a Performance Assessment, your instructor will provide you with support and guidance to help you be successful on your next attempt

How to Approach this Content

Start by reflecting on the learning outcomes for each section.  Do the concepts seem familiar?  Plan to spend most of your time on concepts that are new or complicated.  Always review page headings, and pay special attention to introductory and concluding sections.  When you have finished a section, review what you have learned.  The more you stop and ask yourself whether you understand, the better prepared you will be to demonstrate mastery in an assessment.  Take notes on your reflections and reach out to your instructor if you need help with difficult or confusing concepts.

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