Speyers: Art Appreciation (TH 10 am)
Speyers: Art Appreciation
Instructor: Ed Speyers
Grade/Ages: 10-12th grade - Strongly recommended students are at least 15 years old.
Material Fee: $10
Requirements: Spiral bound notebook and writing utensil
Course Description: Art Appreciation is a study of the great masters throughout world history from a Christian worldview. We will begin with the Greeks and see how art and culture change throughout the Roman Empire, to the Middle Ages, to the Renaissance, to the Enlightenment up until present day. We will even squeeze in critique of the movie industry near the end.*
The primary goal will be to observe and dissect famous pieces of artwork to deepen our understanding. What were the artists like? What were their motivations? How did they shape culture? How did culture shape them?
This course will also teach the process of note taking in a lecture format. How does one take notes from a lecturer that doesn’t copy everything down on the page?
Art Appreciation is especially useful for those not interested in a hands-on art class. Course completion will still earn the highschool art credit.
* This course will cover the occasional piece of artwork that involves nudity. This includes but is not limited to: numerous Greek statues, the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and several other similar works of art. Every effort will be made to portray said works with tactful professionalism that glorifies the beauty of the human form.
Ed is a former tenure track professor of design and has taught Art Appreciation at the collegiate level for 16 years and currently adjuncts for Trident Technical College.