GED 240 Art History (Humanities/Fine Arts)

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GED 240 Art History (Humanities/Fine Arts)

3 Semester Units

Art History examines the development of the visual arts from prehistory to fourteenth-century art in Europe. The course introduces students to diverse artistic traditions in drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, and printmaking while simultaneously exploring social implications of—and response to—various individuals and their creations.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the visual hallmarks of regional and period styles for formal, technical, and expressive qualities.
  • Interpret the meaning of works of art from diverse cultures, periods, and locations based on their themes, subjects, and symbols.
  • Relate artists and works of art to their cultural, economic, and political contexts.
  • Apply the vocabulary and concepts used to discuss works of art, artists, and art history.
  • Interpret art using appropriate art historical methods, such as observation and inductive reasoning.
  • Select visual and textual evidence to support an argument or interpretation.


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