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Introduction to Art History for High School Part I (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance)

In-depth, ten week art history class for middle and high school students, exploring the arts and artists of the ancient world, medieval world, and the Renaissance! Taught by a College Professor!
Molly McGill, M.A.
756 total reviews for this teacher
19 reviews for this class
Completed by 102 learners
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 10 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course 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


Mon, Jan 16, 2023

Jan 16 – Mar 20, 2023 (10 weeks)
9:00 – 9:50 AM

Wed, Feb 8, 2023

Feb 8 – Apr 12, 2023 (10 weeks)
1:00 – 1:50 PM
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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 art history for seven years now and have a Master's Degree in Art History. 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! 
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 artist and explore their biography and one of their works in relation to their biography.
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.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Artwork may contain nudity or violence. Christian art will be discussed heavily in Weeks 7, 8, and 9 because of the nature of art commissions and production during the Medieval and Renaissance periods. 


Molly McGill, M.A.
Lives in the United States
College Professor, Art Historian, Writing Coach, Animation Historian, Disney Expert
756 total reviews
697 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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