Art History of the Renaissance (Offered SY 2023-2024)



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Art History of the Renaissance (Offered SY 2023-2024)


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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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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: 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 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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