Art History of the Modern Era
This semester we will tackle art that makes most people scratch their heads and blurt out, “I don’t get it!” We will also get the chance to try some modern techniques and approaches in our own art. We will cover many of the more recent “-isms” such as: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Surrealism, and others! Our art history and practice classes continue the tradition of subject interaction through live class, reading, online debates and discussions, links, polls, and five very diverse art projects. We will progress in a mostly-chronological sequence through to contemporary art, concluding with an examination of where current trends are heading us. We will also look at the role of Christians in the visual arts today. In doing all of this, the course endeavors to give students a base of understanding to approach the world around them with appreciation and be mindfully relevant of what they add to the global art conversation. This course gives students and families a lot of topics to talk about together.
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 and graphic images. 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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The Story of Art 16th edition by E.H. Gombrich; Phaidon Press Limited; London, 1998. ISBN 07148324832472.
This text is also used for Art History – Renaissance A flexible art materials list will be provided to enrolled students before class begins.
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.”