Social Studies

Intro to Art History for High School Part III (Asian and African Art)

In-depth, ten-week art history class for high school students, exploring the artistic traditions and histories of Asia and Africa! Taught by a College Professor!
725 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 16 learners

50 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 10 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon Sep 5

Sep 5 - Nov 7 (10 weeks)
4pm - 4:50pm

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Class Experience

Students will learn the following things in this course:
--How to talk about and describe art, both verbally and in written form
--The characteristics of art of different movements and cultures
--How to think critically about art and images that are presented to you
--How art fits into a larger historical context and how world events shape art production
--How institutional structures marginalize certain voices within the art historical narrative
I have been teaching art history for seven years now. I started my career teaching at the university level and in museums and have been teaching art history on Outschool since 2018. I developed this introductory series for middle and high schoolers so that they could have a foundation for talking about the arts earlier than at the college level and be exposed to history in a new way! Further, this course is particularly important, as we are covering art and communities that are traditionally ignored by art historical study. I have been studying art history for nearly a decade and want to teach students that there is more to art than European voices. I have taken a large number of courses in my own Graduate studies covering these topics from a decolonized perspective and from experts in the fields of non-Western art historical study. I have a Masters's degree in Art History, where I focused on the exclusionary nature of Art History and use my knowledge of the structure of the discipline to decolonize my approaches for my students. Additionally, I have worked with the Denver Art Museum on researching objects from their Indigenous collections, specifically Kiowa cradleboards and beadwork. I have a certificate in Foundations for Transforming Teaching and Learning about Native Americans from the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC in addition to my formal education. These lectures are adapted from lectures that I taught at the university level. 
Each week, students will respond to questions that correlate with the week's topics in 1-2 paragraphs. There are two larger writing assignments--one visual analysis where the student describes a work of art in detail and one short research paper where the students select an art form from a community we will explore and write a five-paragraph exploration of the art form.
Additional resources will be available to learners in the classroom following each class.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Learner progress is assessed through in-class discussions, online discussions, and written assignments. Grades available upon request.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Artwork may contain nudity or violence. Students will discuss historical events, such as Apartheid and colonization processes, that are necessary for understanding the art produced during these periods.
Students will be provided with outside resources after every class to elaborate on our lessons, available online. Sources used include university lectures, art historical textbooks, including Gardner's Art Through the Ages and Stokstad's Art History, cultural center websites from these regions, and museum information. Whenever possible, information will be pulled from institutions grounded within these areas, as to inform the discussion from a decolonized perspective. When available, primary sources from the time period and area are used to include these voices prominently.


Molly McGill, M.A.
Lives in the United States
College Professor, Art Historian, Writing Coach, Animation Historian, Disney Expert
725 total reviews
630 completed classes

About Me

Hello Outschool families! My name is Molly McGill and I am so excited to be teaching on the Outschool platform and sharing what I love with students from all over the world. I earned my Masters in art history from the University of Colorado, where... 
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