The Fine Arts courses will present a historical overview of great art and artists, beginning with ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece, through the European Renaissance, and concluding with early American art. This journey follows the School of Grammar course of history studies taught in second through sixth grade but approaches this same historical journey from the perspective of great art and artists.
The focus of this class is to become acquainted with some of the world’s greatest artists and their works, to appreciate fine art, and to produce art in the form of hands-on projects that enable students to experience the creative, artistic process about which we are studying.
Fine Arts 4: Earliest art discoveries – 1200 AD
This course begins with the study of the oldest paintings in the world: cave paintings. The class will move on to explore the paintings, sculpture, and architecture of the ancient Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Greeks, and Romans; it will conclude with an investigation of the great works of art and architecture produced in the Middle Ages. The basic art elements of lines, shape, color, value, texture, form and space, will be used to create drawings, paintings, and sculptures.
Fine Arts 5: 1200 AD – 1800 AD
In this course, students will examine the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Mannerism, and Baroque periods. The class will study works from these great artists: Cimabue, Giotto, Fra Angelico, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Tintoretto, Ghiberti, Donatello, Botticelli, Raphael, Jan Van Eyck, Correggio, Cellini, Reubens, and Rembrandt. The basic elements of art will be used to create drawings, paintings, sculptures, prints, etchings, and embossings that mimic the great works.
Fine Arts 6: 1800 AD – 1966 AD
In this course, students will explore the paintings, sculptures, and architecture in the styles of Neoclassical, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. The famous artists to be studied include Delacroix, Reynolds, Blake, Turner, Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, West, Homer, Whistler, Remington, Bellows, Bauer, Picasso, and Dali. The basic elements of art will continue to be used to create drawings, paintings, sculptures, prints, etchings, and embossings that emulate facets of the great works.