Fundamentals of Art History Syllabus ELHS.07.0.2 Course Description This one-semester course is designed to develop students’ understanding and appreciation for the visual arts. This course explores the arts, artists, and their cultures from prehistoric times through the present. Students will be introduced to important works of art, selected from various types of media, including painting, sculpture, architecture, and photography. As the works of different periods are presented, students will receive the historical and geographic context necessary for gaining a deeper appreciation of the pieces. This course will provide students with a working knowledge of concepts and an enriched vocabulary so that they can become more informed consumers of art. Course Objectives Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: • trace the progression of art through history • identify different art periods and their historical influences • identify different artists and their works • identify and use the terms related to art • recognize the relationship between religion, culture, and art • compare works of art *NOTE: The suggested time frame for the completion of each unit is just an estimate. You may work on each unit at your own pace, but keep in mind that you must finish the entire course within the time specified by your school district. Unit 1: Introduction to Art History (Weeks 1 through 3) Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to: • describe the characteristics of art • define the basic concepts of formal analysis, such as line, value, and color • explain how culture or religion can influence the creation of art • describe various types of media used to produce art • use the terminology of formal analysis to describe and evaluate works of art • compare works of art Modules: 1. What is Art? 2. Why is Art Created? 3. A Palette of Media: Types of Art 4. Evaluating a Work of Art Assignments: Unit 1 Homework Assignment #1: The Whats and Whys of Art Homework 5 points Unit 1 Homework Assignment #2: Evaluating Art Homework 5 points Unit 1: Introduction to Art History Unit Test Exam 10 points Unit 2: The Ancient World (Weeks 4 through 6) Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to: • discuss the styles and characteristics of several ancient civilizations • compare artworks from within civilizations and between civilizations • analyze specific artworks from each civilization and discuss their inspirations, styles, and purposes • explain how ancient civilizations made use of different media types and how the handling of these media types differed • describe how civilizations built on the styles of the cultures coming before them to develop their own unique styles Modules: 1. Art in Prehistoric Europe and North America 2. Ancient Near Eastern Art 3. Egyptian Art 4. Aegean Art 5. Greek Art 6. Roman Art Assignments: Unit 2 Homework Assignment #1: Prehistoric, Ancient, and Egyptian Art Unit 2 Homework Assignment #2: Aegean, Greek, and Roman Art Homework 5 points Homework 5 points Unit 2: The Ancient World Unit Test Exam 10 points Unit 3: The Middle Ages (Weeks 7 through 8) Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to: • understand how and why the artistic styles changed during this time period • learn about the growth of the Christian religion and the enormous impact it had on the production of art • learn about the changes in architecture occurring during this period, understanding why and how they were made • identify components of the basic cathedral plan of this time period Modules: 1. Early Christian and Byzantine Art 2. Early Medieval Art 3. Romanesque Art 4. Gothic Art Assignments: Unit 3 Homework Assignment #1: Early Christian, Byzantine, and Medieval Art Unit 3 Homework Assignment #2: Romanesque and Gothic Art Homework 5 points Homework 5 points Unit 3: The Middle Ages Unit Test Exam 10 points Unit 4: The Renaissance (Weeks 9 through 10) Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to: • understand how the styles of the Renaissance changed to depict figures and their environments more realistically • realize what impact research and advancement in the sciences had on the works produced by Renaissance artists • describe how the development of oil paint led to the ability of artists to use more vibrant colors and greater details • understand how artists of the High Renaissance were viewed as geniuses rather than simply as artists Modules: 1. The Early Renaissance 2. The High Renaissance in Italy 3. The Renaissance in the North Assignments: Unit 4 Homework Assignment #1: The Italian Renaissance Homework 5 points Unit 4 Homework Assignment #2: Renaissance in the North Homework 5 points Unit 4: The Renaissance Unit Test Exam 10 points Art History Midterm Exam (Week 11) Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to: • review information acquired and mastered from this course up to this point • take and pass a course exam based on material from the first four units in this course (Note: You will be able to open this exam only one time.) Assignment: Fundamentals of Art History Midterm Exam Exam 18 points Unit 5: The Baroque (Weeks 12 through 13) Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to: • understand the changing styles in the art of the Baroque period • describe how the religious turmoil of the period greatly affected the types of art produced • understand how the differing culture and economy of the Netherlands allowed for greater production of secular art and subjects representing everyday life • realize that the rift between the classes in addition to the Spanish Inquisition led to the production of a great deal of violent art in this area Modules: 1. The Baroque in Italy and Spain 2. The Baroque in Flanders and the Netherlands 3. The French Baroque and Rococo Styles Assignments: Unit 5 Homework Assignment #1: Baroque in Italy, Spain, Flanders, and the Netherlands Unit 5 Homework Assignment #2: French Baroque and Rococo Homework 5 points Homework 5 points Unit 5: The Baroque Unit Test Exam 10 points Unit 6: The Modern World (Weeks 14 through 15) Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to: • describe the period of turmoil during which the Neoclassicism period occurred • explain how Napoleon’s desire to associate himself with the ancient Roman emperors affected Classical ideas and styles • identify the most important artist associated with the Neoclassical style • describe the artwork of Jacques Louis David • identify the most important sculptor of the Neoclassical school • describe what types of things the Romanticism movement focused on • describe how the Romanticism movement started • describe the types of subjects realists depict • describe the goals of Realist artists • describe who the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was • explain what the goals of the Impressionist painters were and explain how they attained their goals • explain how the Impressionist movement got its name • identify the name of the literature movement that occurred in parallel with a movement in music • describe how the Impressionist movement began • describe how the Post-Impressionist movement developed Modules: 1. Neoclassicism 2. Romanticism 3. Realism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood 4. Impressionism and Post-Impressionism Assignments: Unit 6 Homework Assignment #1: Neoclassicism and Romanticism Unit 6 Homework Assignment #2: Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism Homework 5 points Homework 5 points Unit 6: The Modern World Unit Test Exam 10 points Unit 7: Art in the Twentieth Century (Weeks 16 through 17) Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to: • identify stylistic movements seen in the 20th century as well as artists associated with these movements • understand how the styles of the 20th century evolved from each other as well as from earlier styles • comprehend how artists moved away from producing art to appeal to their audience and toward art for their own personal expression as well as how the artists returned to an interest in audience approval in the Pop Art movement • understand not only painting and sculptural styles of the 20th century but also gain an understanding of 20th century architecture and photography Modules: 1. Twentieth Century Painting 2. Twentieth Century Sculpture 3. Twentieth Century Architecture 4. Twentieth Century Photography Assignments: Unit 7 Homework Assignment #1: Twentieth Century Paintings and Sculpture Unit 7 Homework Assignment #2: Twentieth Century Architecture and Photography Homework 5 points Homework 5 points Unit 7: Art in the Later Twentieth Century Exam Exam 10 points Art history Final Exam (Week 18) Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to: • review information acquired and mastered from this course • take and pass a course exam based on material from all units in this course (Note: You will be able to open this exam only one time.) Assignment: Fundamentals of Art History Final Exam Exam 25 points * NOTE: If you have a disability or condition that may affect your ability to succeed in this course, please contact your teacher. 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