About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering different styles of architecture will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to review the themes, design and elements of various architectural styles. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
- Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
- Students who have fallen behind in memorizing architecture concepts
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about architecture (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam
How It Works:
- Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
- Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
- Complete your review with the Architectural Themes chapter exam.
Why It Works:
- Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging instruction and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Architectural Themes chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any architecture question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: View lessons on any web-ready device.
Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about architectural themes for a standard art history course. Topics covered include:
- Architecture terminology
- Styles and design of churches and cathedrals
- Classical and modern architecture
- House and window architecture
- Examples of landscape architecture
1. Common Architectural Terms
While there are hundreds-- if not thousands-- of architectural terms, this lesson provides an overview of the most common terminology in architecture to provide a solid starting point into this exciting field.
2. Church Architecture: Styles & Design
In this lesson, we will explore basic elements of the architecture and style of churches. More specifically, Christian churches and the most common components of their design. We will also learn the difference between commonly confused terms associated with the word church.
3. Classical Architecture: Characteristics & Elements
Classical architecture has had long-reaching impacts on Western building styles. In this lesson, we'll explore some of the definitive traits of Classical architecture and see what distinguishes this style.
4. Cathedral Architecture: History & Parts
Cathedrals are a very important part of both Christianity and Western architecture. In this lesson, we'll look over the history and basic parts of a cathedral and see how they've changed over time.
5. House Architecture: Styles & Designs
A great amount of the architecture being built on a daily basis is not for towering skyscrapers but for private homes. In this lesson, we'll explore some of the common styles of domestic architecture and see where they fit in American history.
6. Landscape Architecture: Design & Examples
While landscape architecture styles vary depending on climate, landform, and region, there are several main elements in design styles, methods, and examples that are consistent. An overview of the design practice and examples may be found below.
7. Modern Architecture: Characteristics & Style
Architecture comes in many different styles with different characteristics. This lesson is about the style of modern architecture and how to identify modern buildings.
8. Window Architecture Styles
Windows are a very important element of a structure, both in terms of design and function. In this lesson, we'll look at some common styles of windows and see what defines each one.
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