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Intro to Art History for High School: Street Art, Grafitti, and Culture

Molly McGill, M.A.
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In this six week class, students will explore the historic roots of street art and grafitti and how this controversial style of art connects to politics, social movements, and popular culture of the Contemporary period!

Class experience

  • Students will learn the following things in this course: --How to talk about and describe art, both verbally and in written form --How to think critically about art and images that are presented to you --How street art fits into a larger art and historical context --How institutional structures marginalize certain voices within the art historical narrative --How street art responds to various social issues
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! 
Homework Offered
Each week, students will respond to questions that correlate with the week's topics in 1-2 paragraphs.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Learner progress is assessed through in-class discussions, online discussions, and written assignments. Grades are available upon request.
Grades Offered
No supplies necessary! Students will be provided with additional resources for further exploration after each class.
Artworks may include images of nudity, violence, or religious imagery. Artworks will not be censored for class. Students will discuss various civil rights issues and political issues through the course.
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, and museum information. When available, primary sources from the time period and area are used to include these voices prominently.
Joined September, 2018
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree in History
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... 
Group Class


for 6 classes
1x per week, 6 weeks
50 min

Completed by 4 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
3-10 learners per class

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