Introduction to Art History and Art Appreciation

Course delivered over 10 weeks



A lively and highly enjoyable introduction to major artists & movements from Antiquity to 20th


In this fantastically dynamic, entertaining class, you will discover key movements, major artists and

techniques in a new light, be inspired and marvel at beautiful works of arts you have never seen in

such detail.

Besides rediscovering famous work of arts by learning their actual context in history, participants

will: – Learn how to identify the techniques used, – Discover notable female artists from each period,

as well as other less recognised art movements and artists, – Build or further their understanding of

the major periods of Western Art History, – Have a genuinely rewarding and enjoyable time!

Course Content:

– Introduction to the formation of Western Art + Classical Antiquity

– Medieval Art

– The Art of Northern Europe

– Renaissance (Legacy and influence)

– The Dutch Golden Age

– The Baroque

– Mannerism

– Rococo

– 18th century to 19th century Art

– Romanticism

– Neoclassicism

– Impressionism

The following subjects will be addressed in Spring, in the second part/continuation of this course.

– Impressionism (part 2)

– Post-Impressionism (Nabis, Cloisonnism, etc…)

– Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Symbolism

– Expressionism, Fauvism

Handouts with main subjects, titles of artworks and suggested bibliography will be given at the

beginning of each class.