This course introduces students to a timeline of European Art History beginning at the heart of ancient Rome and working its way up to the height of Impressionism. Assignments will teach you how to examine art critically, looking at context and meaning. A major theme underlying your study will be: art is a reflection of the society that produced it and with that in mind, you will see the extent to which the idea of “humanism”, that is, a belief in the importance of the individual as something noble and important, is portrayed from one period of Western Civilization to the next, right up to today’s society. Along the way, you will develop your own ideas about what really matters in art and whether certain works deserve a place in history as “great works of art”.
Course code: AWU4M
Prerequisite: Grade 11 Visual Arts, University/College Preparation
Program Fee: $550