Step 2 - History 11 - The History of the Visual Arts

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Step 2 - History 11 - The History of the Visual Arts

  • Develops literacy, vocabulary!
  • Introduces & explores the history of visual arts!
  • Introduces major painters, sculptors, photographers, others!
  • Fun, hands-on activities!
  • Develops critical thinking skills!
  • Works well for any-aged student developing literacy!
  • Lesson plans are complete and ready to use!  Start now!

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The second history course in semester four for Step 2, students ages 7-8, and students of any age who are developing literacy.

This semester is all about the arts, and this course covers visual arts – architecture, sculpture, painting, photography and film.  From pre-historic wall-drawings to Picasso and Chaplin films, from Da Vinci and Michelangelo to Monet and Bresson, the great artists and ideas are explored in 15 lessons, filled with photos and links, and thought-provoking questions which will open up the world of art for your student.  The course is also designed to improve reading skills, as are all the final semester Step 2 courses.  15 lessons, 5-6 weeks.

The subjects covered in this course include:

  • Visual arts
  • Ancient Architecture (Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc.)
  • Modern Architecture
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Bas Reliefs and sculpture
  • Michelangelo
  • Houdin
  • Impressionism
  • Cubism
  • Rodin
  • Picasso
  • Painting
  • The Italian Renaissance
  • Da Vinci
  • Botticelli
  • Raphael
  • Titian
  • The Northern Renaissance
  • Franz Hals
  • Rembrandt
  • Valazquez
  • Vermeer
  • John Singer Sargent
  • Monet
  • Renoir
  • Van Gogh
  • Pointillism and Seurat
  • Cezanne
  • Dali
  • Goya
  • Matisse
  • Chagall
  • Kandinsky
  • The history of Photography and great photographers
  • Alfred Steiglitz
  • Henri-Cartier Bresson
  • The history of early movies and Edison
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Great film makers around the world

(Note – these final semester history courses can be done in any order, as they deal with the lives of artists. That said, they are shaped to continue developing literacy, and grow more difficult when done in sequence in terms of the reading required.)


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