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Open

Estimated Completion Time

2 Segments/36 Weeks

Overview

Who is the greatest artist of all time? Is it Leonardo daVinci? Claude Monet? Michelangelo? Pablo Picasso? Is the greatest artist of all time someone whose name has been lost to history? You will learn about some of the greatest artists while also creating art of your own, including digital art. We will explore the basic principles and elements of art, learn how to critique art, and examine some of the traditional art of the Americas, Africa, and Oceania in addition to the development of Western art.

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment 1:

  • Introduction to the Visual Arts
    • Define “visual art” and distinguish visual arts from other forms of art.
    • Identify common forms of visual art.
    • Discuss why people create art.
    • Discuss art movements and art periods.
    • Describe career options related to art history and the study of art.
  • The Elements and Principles of Art
    • Define art concepts such as hue, value, shape, form, and balance.
    • Identify the elements of art.
    • Identify some of the design principles that artists use.
    • Discuss how the elements of art are used within art pieces.
    • Discuss how design principles are used to arrange the elements of art.
  • Critiquing Art
    • Define art critique.
    • Identify some of the benefits of doing art critiques.
    • Explain how context can influence an art critique.
    • Discuss the steps that can be used to complete an art critique.
    • Engage in an art critique of the painting The Raft of the Medusa.
  • Prehistoric Art
    • Define prehistoric art and discuss why much of this art remains a mystery to archaeologists and art historians.
    • Describe cave paintings and discuss some of the theories about why they were created.
    • Compare and contrast Paleolithic and Neolithic art.
    • Examine prehistoric sculpture and the reasons it may have been created.
    • Discuss prehistoric megalith monuments and examine the theories about why these monuments were created.
  • Ancient Art
    • Identify some of the common characteristics of ancient art.
    • Discuss the art of ancient Sumerians.
    • Explain how Ancient Egyptian religion influenced its art.
    • Identify and discuss the styles of Ancient Greek architecture.
    • Identify the styles of Ancient Greek sculpture and pottery.
  • Ancient Roman, Early Christian, and Medieval Art
    • Describe the features used in Roman architecture.
    • Examine early Christian art and its influence on later architecture and art.
    • Define Byzantine, migration, and insular art and the characteristics of these art periods.
    • Discuss the characteristics of Romanesque art.
    • Identify the common features of Gothic architecture.
  • The Renaissance
    • Identify the characteristics of Renaissance art.
    • Discuss Early Netherlandish art and its relationship to Renaissance art.
    • Explain how other disciplines of study and social factors influenced Renaissance art.
    • Examine some of the most famous works of Renaissance art, including those by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael.
    • Define Mannerism and discuss how it differed from the art of the High Renaissance.
  • Art of the Americas
    • Discuss geoglyphs in North and South America.
    • Define pre-Columbian art in the Americas.
    • Identify prehistoric painting in the Americas.
    • Examine art from major cultural empires in Mesoamerica and South America, including the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, and Inca cultures.
    • Discuss indigenous art in North America such as beadwork, baskets, and totem poles.
  • From the Baroque to the Romantics
    • Identify the characteristics of Baroque, rococo, neoclassical and Romantic art.
    • Discuss the social and political influences on Baroque, rococo, neoclassical, and Romantic art.
    • Explain how art from earlier periods influenced Baroque, rococo, neoclassical, and Romantic art.
    • Examine some of the important pieces of art from the Baroque, rococo, neoclassical and Romantic periods.
    • Compare and contrast Baroque art with Renaissance art.
  • Modern Art
    • Define art movements such as Impressionism, Postimpressionism, Expressionism, and Realism.
    • Identify the characteristics of Impressionistic and Postimpressionistic art.
    • Describe how modern art movements build on and react to other movements.
    • Discuss some of the major artists of Impressionism and Postimpressionism.
    • Discuss the beginning of photography and its use as an art form.
  • African Art
    • Identify the phases of rock engraving found in Africa.
    • Describe the sculptures created by different cultures in Africa.
    • Discuss the different types of masks created and what materials were used to make them.
    • Identify some of the famous architectural creations in Africa.
    • Discuss some of the social and natural factors that influenced the creation of art in Africa.
  • Oceanic Art
    • Identify some of the characteristics of Oceanic art.
    • Describe some of the human sculptures found in Polynesia.
    • Discuss how the Pacific Ocean and life on Pacific islands influenced Micronesian art.
    • Learn more about Bisj poles and other Melanesian art creations.
    • Identify some of the styles of rock art present in Australia.

 

 

Credits 1

Competency Group Overview

Meets art graduation requirement

Competencies

  • Intro to the Visual Arts and the Elements and Principles of Art
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the elements and principles of visual arts by explaining the elements and principles and how they are used in a variety of visual and decorative art pieces.
  • Critiquing Art
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of critiquing art by explaining the four steps in the critiquing process, critique pieces of art, and explain the purpose of critiquing a piece of art.
  • Prehistoric and Ancient Art
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of Prehistoric Art and Ancient Art by analyzing and comparing the different characteristics of Prehistoric Art and Ancient Art, and explain how their culture impacted their artwork.
  • Modern Art
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of modern art by analyzing how current events and technology inspired Modern Art such as as Realism, Impressionism, and Post Impressionism, and how these movements influenced later art styles and movements.
  • Ancient Roman, Early Christian and Medieval Art
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of Ancient Roman, Early Christian and Medieval Art by analyzing and explaining the characteristics of each era and examining the relationship between the art and culture of an era.
  • The Renaissance
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of The Renaissance by explaining the different characteristics and social influences in this era’s artwork while analyzing a variety of Renaissance artist’s artwork.
  • Art of the Americas
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of Art in the Americas by comparing and contrasting the characteristics of the different civilizations artwork while explaining the influences and variety of techniques used by each civilization.
  • From the Baroque to the Romantics
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of Baroque art to the Romantics art by explaining the social influences and characteristics of each period and analyzing their artwork.
  • Modern Art
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of Modern Art by defining the different art movements throughout this time, explaining their characteristics and inspirations, and analyze the influences of the different movements.
  • African Art and Oceanic Art
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of African Art and Oceanic Art by explaining how the natural and social world influenced their art by examining, identifying characteristics of, and discussing art from Africa and Oceanic cultures.

Pre-Requisites

None

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