History of Western Art I

Full-year course. A survey of western art from the beginning of civilization through the late medieval period. Students will consider how religion, politics, and the economy influenced painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Stone Age through Late Medieval Italy. Over the course of the year, students will study major works of art from each period and learn how to analyze and write about them in a scholarly way. Pieces will be considered in both their original cultural context as well as within a historical framework that considers the impact of these major works on modern western visual culture.

Please note: This course is designed for high-school students. Several of the readings and images in this course contain topics, scenarios, subjects, and themes that younger and/or more sensitive readers may find upsetting or unsettling. While these texts are appropriate for most mature high school students, students and parents should be aware of the complexities and intensities of these readings and images in advance. If you have any concerns we encourage you to check the main course text out at the local library and look through it before enrolling your student.

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History of Western Art I Information

  • Example Syllabus
  • Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.
  • Class cap: 20 students.
  • Designed for grades 10-12.
  • High School students may be awarded 1 Fine Arts credit upon completion of this course.

Course Materials

  • Click here to purchase the course texts.
    • Gardner’s Art through the Ages, 16th ed. 
    • From Abacus to Zeus: A Handbook of Art History

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