Art History of the Renaissance


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Art History of the Renaissance


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Ah, the Great Masters! The Renaissance! Was it really the most glorious period in art history? Leonardo, Michelangelo, Vermeer, Durer. This period of art history will begin at a time of great change in Western Europe during the Reformation and Renaissance and take us through Mannerism and the Baroque Period, finally ending in the elaborate and gushing Rococo Era. What was all this glory and opulence and how can we interpret what is really “great” in art? What role did patrons and individualism play at this point in history? How does this connect to our world today? These are the questions we will explore. Our studies will consist of: live class, reading, online debates and discussions, links, polls, and several divers art projects. Some include: oil painting, silverpoint, printing and engraving. This hands-on approach will give us a much more meaningful understanding of the art of this time and why is was so significant. As in the rest of the Art History and Practice classes, our course will combine many different subjects which include world views, history, the church and practical application. It is a great option for those who want to deepen their artistic knowledge or for those who learn history better from this visual and kinesthetic approach.

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Note to 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/or violence. 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 before enrolling in this course.

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Textbook: The Story of Art 16th edition by E.H. Gombrich; Phaidon Press Limited; London, 1998. ISBN 07148324832472. Used copies are acceptable. This text is used for both Art History – Renaissance and Art History – Modern

Julie Rohr is both a homeschooling parent and a professional educator.  She has served students of all ages and skill levels in both live and online settings.  She has written curriculum and has presented on topics in local, national, and international forums.  Julie has taught for the past 22+ 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!  She is excited to offer a new course in general art for high school students that will ensure they have a solid foundation in a broad range of visual art topics. Additionally, Ms. Rohr serves as a student and parent-oriented community builder, offering social events and clubs for Excelsior students and families.  The results of her time in class and clubs are confident, thoughtful, informed students who are ready to contribute to the culture around them with a biblical view of art and creative skills.  

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