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    First things first-

    This is NOT an "Art class", this is a HISTORY CLASS, about ART.

    Please be sure to understand the difference between the two.

    While we will do a few hands-on art making activities through the course of the semester, the vast majority of classes will be on the history of Art.


    This class, as it was originally conceived, is designed to be similar in format to a college level class in a high school environment. As such, the majority of class instruction is lecture. Art history, like all history, is a story, although it is more heavily illustrated than many others forms of history. There will be days where the entire class is a lecture, while others days will be divided between lecture and guided/independent work. Students will regularly create slideshows on their Chromebooks, do research on individual artists and art movements, and occasionally give presentations in class.

    Historically, those students who keep up with the information, complete and hand in work on time, and prepare for quizzes and tests make fine grades. On the other hand, those students who don't pay attention in class, do little work on their own, and are late with assignments/do not hand in assignments rarely pass the class. I do my utmost to thoroughly present the information, and provide adequate time in class for most students to complete their assignments without having to work much at home. By providing both time and access to the instructor, it is my belief that academic failure in the class is entirely the student's responsibility. 

    Being present in class, every day, is one of the strongest indicators of success in Modern Art History.

    There simply is no substitute for being present on lecture days. While I provide all of my PowerPoints to students (at the conclusion of each lecture, not each day), the PowerPoint alone is often not enough to push students past basic knowledge to a place of true understanding.

    I use Google Classroom regularly in Modern Art History. It is the most effective means of giving assignments, sharing study guides and lecture PowerPoints, and notifying students of upcoming quizzes, tests, and due dates for classwork. It is also a great way for students to keep up with what is going on in class when they are absent. Because of Google classroom, all students are expected to take all quizzes and tests on the day they are assigned. I do not accept "But I was absent..." as an excuse to reschedule any assessments. When you are absent, you have Google Classroom as an easy way to stay on top of what is happening in class. And, again, as I said above, there simply is NO effective replacement for being in class every day.




    While art history begins many thousands of years ago, the era this course focuses on begins in the mid-1800s. We will start with a whirlwind romp through thousands of years of art history over the first few days of the semester, but will begin the true content with a discussion of The Royal Academy of the mid-19th century, and how artistic rebellion against it gave rise to Impressionism. The class will then proceed through the various art movement of the late 19th century, all of the 20th century (both European and American art movements), and will conclude with a brief exploration of contemporary, 21st century art.

    Below is a list of the various art movements the class will focus on, and the primary artists we will study. While this is not an exhaustive list, it does cover the vast majority of the course content.




    IMPRESSIONISM Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, James Whistler, Mary Cassatt, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot

    POST-IMPRESSIONISM Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

    EXPRESSIONISM Edvard Munch, Gustav Klimt, Max Beckmann, Kathe Kollwitz, Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Paul Klee, Emil Nolde, Ludwig Kirchner

    FAUVISM Henri Matisse, André Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck, Georges Braque

    CUBISM Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque

    FUTURISM Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni

    DE STIJL Theo van Doesburg, Piet Mondrian

    SUPREMATISM Kazimir Malevich

    CONSTRUCTIVISM Vladimir Tatlin, Alexander Rodchenko, El Lissitzky

    DADA Andre Breton, Jean Arp, Man Ray, Francis Picabia, Kurt Schwitters, Marcel Duchamp

    METAPHYSICAL ART and SURREALISM Giorgio de Chirico, Andre Breton, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Yves Tanguy, Kay Sage, Salvador Dali

    PRE-WWII AMERICAN ART Early American Art, Hudson River School, Ash Can, Harlem Renaissance, Precisionism, American Avant Garde

    ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM Ashille Gorky, Franz Kline, Clyfford Still, Hans Hofmann, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman

    POP ART Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol

    NEW REALISM and MINIMALISM Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, Tony Smith, Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, Donald Judd, Robert Smithson

    PHOTO-REALISM Chuck Close, Ralph Goings, Audrey Flack, Duane Hanson, Richard Estes, Gerhardt Richter

    POST-MODERNISM Performance Art, Happenings, Installation, Intermedia, 21st Century Art