A survey of the development of visual arts from the early Renaissance to the present time. Offers broad background for understanding the visual art as a vehicle of communication in its functional context. Provides a concise appreciation to the development of socioeconomic, religious and political characteristics of the covered periods. Enables students to acquire a broad scope of cross-cultural understanding through continuous critical thinking perspective. Discusses how to comprehend and interpret works of art by examining the contextual characteristics of the work, its subject, functionality and the culture(s) that produced it. A field trip to a major museum and other appropriate sites is required to strengthen student knowledge.
NOTE: It is recommended that a student who plans to take both ART-121 and ART-122 start with ART-121 first.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
This course in art history surveys art from the Renaissance to the present. The course concentration examines the evolution of artistic styles and their relationship to technology and civilization. A variety of media will be explored including painting, sculpture, applied arts, architecture, and graphics.
- Late Gothic, 14th Century Italy
- Northern Europe and Spain, 15th Century
- Early Renaissance
- High Renaissance and Mannerism
- Northern Europe and Spain, 16th Century
- Baroque and Rococo
- Southeast Asia, Later China, Later Japan
- Neo-Classicism, Romanticism and mid-19th Century European Art
- Twentieth/Twenty-First Century
Discuss the development of world relationships involving art thinking.
Explain basic style changes within different time periods and countries.
Explain how techniques were developed utilizing art concepts.
Explain and discuss individual artistic styles.
Present in front of an audience the context of explored research.
Research an area of study and discuss its importance in the art world framework.*
Fulfills the HFCC General Education Outcome for critical thinking and problem solving.*
Assessment and Requirements
Several quizzes are given throughout the course.
Major exams are given within the class at measurable intervals.
A written final examination is based on visual imagery studied throughout the course.
Assessing a written Research Paper with major points evaluated.
Assessing key concepts of Research Paper within an oral presentation in a group setting.
Gardner’s, Art Through the Ages, A Global History, Vol. 2, 14th Edition, Cengage Learning, 2013 ISBN: 978-1-111-771843
Credit for Prior College-Level Learning