Art History: Middle Ages (offered in SY 2022-2023)



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Art History: Middle Ages (offered in SY 2022-2023)

Let there be light! Dark ages, no more!

What was all that “stuff” going on in the Middle Ages? We’ll find out this semester as we study: Early Christian, Byzantine, Islamic, Romanesque, and Gothic Art through live class, reading, online debates and discussions, links, polls, and up to six very diverse art projects. (Things like: Chainmaille techniques, carving, illuminated letters, bookbinding, and wax resists.) Our course will really combine: history, art, worldviews, religions, church history, philosophy, practical applications, and whatever else we can fit in! It is a great option for those who want to deepen their artistic knowledge or for those who learn history better from seeing and doing. You may come to love this intriguing period of history. You do not need to be an artist to enjoy this course; you only need to be curious.

Note to students/parents: This course is intended to give high school students a broad, scholarly, and tactile experience with art history. Because we will be considering artwork from cultures with differing moral views, we will examine some artwork that contains nudity. The examples will be chosen with discretion and kept to a minimum. There will be a few examples discussed as they are essential in understanding the development and culture of the art they represent. The textbook may also contain these images. Please consider this and discuss it with your student/parents. This textbook was chosen based on its excellence in introducing students to the fascinating world of Art History. It is recommended for students studying for the AP Art History exam, and is also used by several undergraduate programs. (Don’t worry..lots of nice pictures!)

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Materials will be found on class page and will mainly include common household supplies and basic common art materials that most people have on hand. Specific project materials such as those used in our chainmaille will be discussed in class with ample time to secure materials and options for all budgets.

Textbook: Art History Portable, Book 2: Medieval Art by Marilyn Stokstad; ISBN-13: 978-0205949335 ISBN-10: 0205949339 (3rd, 4th, or 5th editions are acceptable, as are used or rented copies.)

Julie Rohr has taught for the past 20+ years in many areas of art and culture.  She knows there is more to enjoy in great art than just “The Last Supper.”  Ms. Rohr has personally developed a series of Art History courses that delights and engages students.  Her drawing classes have seen participants grow in leaps and bounds!

Both parents and students praise Julie Rohr as having a knack for presenting material in a way that makes it interesting to understand and absorb.  She is known for her enthusiasm and insight into the arts.  More than once, she has been proclaimed as “my favorite teacher.”

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