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Introduction to Art History: Art of Indigenous North, Central, and South America

Spend four weeks learning about the art of the Indigenous communities of North, Central, and South America, evaluating how visual art has impacted the daily life of these communities!
Molly McGill, M.A.
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$15 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 4 weeks
50 minutes per class
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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
I have been teaching introductory art history courses at the undergraduate level for three years now and one of the biggest complaints I get from my own students, who are primarily college freshman and sophomores, is that they were not exposed to the arts sooner. I wanted to develop this introductory course 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! I have been teaching art history on Outschool since 2018. I have a Master's degree from the University of Colorado, where I worked within a department committed to Indigenous studies, even working 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.
Learners will be given the choice of two projects to complete before each week, which will take less than an hour to complete. these projects are optional for students who wish to complete them. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Learners are assessed on their in-class participation and their homework assignments. Grades provided upon request. 
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Some art may be violent in nature. Colonization, racism and stereotyping, and Native American removal will be discussed in class. 


Molly McGill, M.A.
Lives in the United States
College Professor, Art Historian, Writing Coach, Animation Historian, Disney Expert
801 total reviews
789 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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