Art History

Credit Hours: 0.5

Course Length: 1 Semester

Course Description

Art History is a survey of Art throughout time. It introduces art principles and instructs students to look at art within the context of which it was made – its history. Exploration of the cultures that created significant buildings, sculptures, paintings, etc. are a key factor in understanding the importance and relevance of Art. Art History A provides the essential information and focus for this exploration. This course leads students from the drawings and structures of Prehistoric Man, through thousands of years of human creativity and innovation, and concludes with the Renaissance period. In Art History A students will take an exciting journey back through time, and across the globe to discover important works of art and the cultures in which they were made. In this course, innovation and creativity in the world of art will be explained and explored. Key pieces of art will be identified and discussed, and students will have the opportunity to see a variety of cultures and events through the lens of visual art. The course starts with a look at art from the Prehistoric Age. The shift to permanent dwellings is explored next in the Ancient cultures of Mesopotamia and Egypt with the architecture that signals humanity’s need to influence the environment. The works of Ancient Greece and Rome are examined along with a look outside Europe to Africa and the Americas. The course ends with a look at Medieval and Renaissance Art, and how new techniques and focus influence art all over the globe.

Course Prerequisites


Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials


Major Concepts

  • Operations of Art History
  • Why People Create Art
  • Architecture as Art
  • Innovations in Art
  • Cultural Impact on Art
  • Characteristics of Culture