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Introduction to Art History for High School: Women Artists Through History

Learn about the women artists that transformed the art world from the ancient world through the present while thinking critically about why they have been historically left out!
Molly McGill, M.A.
767 total reviews for this teacher
6 reviews for this class
Completed by 27 learners
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 6 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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Class Experience

In this class, students will learn basic art terminology and become familiar with trademarks of different art movements and time periods (i.e. what is the difference between a Renaissance portrait and Impressionism). Further, students will evaluate the role of women in the arts over time and discuss what factors have led, historically, to their exclusion from study and analysis. 
I have been teaching introductory art history courses at the undergraduate level for many 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! Further, my own research focuses on the exclusionary aspects of how art history is studied and I like to expose students to artists they may have never heard of before. In talking about the great men of art history, frequently the women are left out. Inspired by the late feminist art historian Linda Nochlin, I hope to expose students to a number of artists that are historically marginalized for a number of reasons within art historical study. 
One small research assignment or art project will be assigned every week for outside class enrichment. For every class, outside articles, videos, and other resources will be provided for further self-exploration.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Grades provided upon request.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Students will be exposed to artworks that may contain nudity, violence, and religious scenes.


Molly McGill, M.A.
Lives in the United States
College Professor, Art Historian, Writing Coach, Animation Historian, Disney Expert
767 total reviews
727 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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