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Below is a sample breakdown of the History of Visual Art chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
Early Christian Art
Ancient Egyptian Art
|History, iconoclasm, iconography, mosaics|
Portrait sculptures, narrative reliefs, painting
Symbolism, the catacombs, illuminated manuscripts
time periods, paintings, sculpture, pottery
|Tuesday|| Ancient Persian Art and Architecture|
Ancient Greek Art
| Achaemenid Era, bas-reliefs, The Gate of All Nations, rhytons|
Evolution of Greek art, pottery, sculpture, marble, idealism
Overview of important Baroque painters, including Rembrandt and Rubens, common themes
Themes, stark realism, high pictorial effects, technical mastery, important sculptors
Leonardo Da Vinci
Art in the Protestant Reformation
|Michelangelo's life, major paintings and sculptures|
Humanism, perspective, important examples from the Renaissance period including the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, the painting The Birth of Venus and Michelangelo's David sculpture
Da Vinci's life, use of perspective, important work in painting and anatomy
The art of Northern Europe with a focus on the works of Albrecht Durer
Gothic sculpture and stained glass windows
|Realism, perspective, notable Gothic painters, including the Lorenzetti Brothers|
Gothic architectural decoration, especially in the cathedrals
Styles during the Carolingian Renaissance, illuminated manuscripts, treasure bindings
Characteristics and important artists
Prominent artists and works of the 20th century
Sculpture in the ancient world
History of sculpture
Neoclassical, 19th century and modern sculpture
|Artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Vincent van Gogh and Georges Seurat|
Important artists of the 20th century and their works
Sculpture in ancient times
How sculpture evolved over time
Themes and forms in sculpture from the Neoclassical period to the present
1. Byzantine Art: Mosaics, History & Characteristics
This lesson covers Byzantine art and explains the difficulties of imposing artistic periods. Justinian is introduced as the man behind the Byzantine Golden Age. We explore the interesting dynamic between Byzantine imperialism and Christian religion. Finally, we take a brief look at eastern religious icons.
2. Roman Art: History, Characteristics & Style
This lesson offers a basic outline of Roman art. We begin by examining the Greek roots of Roman art. Then, we look at the three predominant forms of Roman art: sculpture, murals and mosaics.
3. Early Christian Art: History, Characteristics & Symbolism
This lesson covers the development of early Christian art. We begin in the catacombs of Rome, looking at early Christian frescoes. We then move to later sarcophagi. A brief survey of early Christian mosaics follows, and we close with the fine art of illuminated manuscripts.
4. Ancient Egyptian Art: History and Style
This lesson provides a brief look at the exquisite art of the Ancient Egyptians. Egyptian art contains images of people and deities that represent the culture in which they lived.
5. Ancient Persian Art and Architecture: History & Style
This lesson explores the artwork of one of the most powerful and expansive empires in history: the Persian Empire. Persian artwork contained vivid imagery that recorded the success of the Persian kings in battle and their cultural tendencies.
6. Ancient Greek Art, Pottery and Sculpture
A survey of the transitions in Greek art, with special emphasis placed on the importance of materials and technique. This lecture explores Greek pottery styles from geometric to Orientalizing to black- and red-figure vases. It then turns to sculpture from Archaic styles to realism to idealism. Slides are shown throughout to get students familiar with these Greek styles.
7. Baroque Painting: Style, Characteristics & Artists
This lesson covers the development of Baroque painting as it spread across Europe. We explore the works of Caravaggio in Italy, Velazquez in Spain, Rubens in Belgium, Lorrain in France and Rembrandt in Holland.
8. Baroque Sculpture: Characteristics & Style
In this lesson, we explore the development of Baroque sculpture across Europe, from the creations of the Italian genius, Bernini, to France and the sculptural excellence of Puget's glorified King Louis XIV. We'll also stop in Germany, Spain and Belgium.
9. Michelangelo: Biography and Works
This lesson will focus on the life and works of Michelangelo. It will discuss his life in Florence, his dealings with the Medici family, his sculpture 'David,' the Sistine Chapel and many other of his awe-inspiring works.
10. Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture
In this lesson, we will be discussing Renaissance art, focusing primarily on paintings, sculptures, and architecture. We will also be learning how humanism affected the art of this time period.
11. Leonardo da Vinci: Biography
This lesson will focus on the life of Leonardo da Vinci. It will highlight his career as an artist, an inventor, a scientist and a student of the human form. It will also include many of his most famous works.
12. Art in the Protestant Reformation: Albrecht Durer & Northern European Artists
The Protestant Reformation introduced some pretty substantial changes into European society. In this lesson, we'll be talking about some of the impacts it had on the art of Northern Europe.
13. Gothic Painting: Style & Characteristics
This lesson follows the development of two trends in Gothic painting: realism and perspective. We explore the origins of these movements in Italian Gothic masters, like Duccio, Giotto and the Lorenzetti Brothers, and their later expression in Northern European illuminations.
14. Gothic Sculpture and Stained Glass Windows: Characteristics & Style
In this lesson, we cover the development of Gothic architectural decoration, specifically decorative sculpture and stained glass windows. You'll learn about Gothic use of stained glass and the evolution of sculpture from Romanesque decoration to Gothic statues.
15. Carolingian Art: History, Style & Characteristics
This lesson covers the art of the Carolingian Renaissance. We'll explore the causes of the Carolingian Renaissance, then see how the art of illumination was adapted for new uses. Then we'll discuss treasure bindings and finish with a quick survey of the few other surviving forms of Carolingian art.
16. New Realism, Pop Art, Op Art & Hyperrealism
In this lesson, you will explore a few different artistic styles that have emerged since the mid-20th century and discover what they have in common and what makes them unique. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
17. Pop Art: Imagery, Influence & Examples
Pop art was a very unique movement of the mid-20th century that drew from the most unlikely of sources. Explore the influences and images of pop art and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
18. One Point Perspective Drawing: Definition & Examples
Learn how the use of one point perspective adds depth and realism to drawings, and discover how artists from Leonardo Da Vinci to Vincent Van Gogh used it to create their masterpieces. Then test yourself with a short quiz.
19. What Is Collage? - Definition, Famous Artists & Examples
What is a collage? This lesson takes you through the definition, provides some examples, discusses famous artists who made collages, and offers a quiz to see what you learned.
20. Exquisite Corpse in Surrealist Drawing & Poetry
What is an Exquisite Corpse? Taken literally, it's a beautiful dead body. Taken artistically, it's a game poets and artists play to create surprising and unusual works of art. This lesson explores the origins and rules of the Exquisite Corpse.
21. Contour Line in Art: Definition, Drawing & Examples
This lesson will provide you with the fine-art definition of a contour line. At the end of the lesson, you will know what a contour line looks like and how an artist might effectively use them.
22. Still Life Drawings: Definition & Examples
If you've ever taken an introductory art class, odds are you've drawn a still life before! This lesson explains what still life drawings are and explores various examples of the genre.
23. Still Life Photography: Definition, Techniques & Examples
One of the most interesting types of photography is the still life. Any gathering of objects or random assortment of items can become a still life. This lesson examines the two types of still life photography.
24. Still Life in Painting: Definition, Medium Types & Examples
If you've ever been to a museum or flipped through an art history book, odds are you've seen a picture of a still life painting. This lesson explores what still life paintings are and how they're made.
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