IN PERSON: In this survey course, students will gain a broad understanding of Western art from the Renaissance to after World War II. The course aims to create familiarity with the works of major artists since 1300, and how they fit into historical art movements such as the Renaissance, Baroque and Impressionist movements. We’ll discuss how to experience an artwork to better understand what the artist was trying to convey. Over 200 artworks will be examined, focusing on the features along with symbols used in art of the various periods. For example, the symbols in art from the Renaissance and Baroque periods are largely religious, while those in art from later periods are more varied. We will touch on innovations in media and technique and how this influenced various artists' work. For example, how did color theory influence painters in the Impressionist period? This course provides a framework for considering individual works of art within the broader context of how Western art has evolved. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 30.
Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705
Rob VanDewoestine has a Ph.D. in engineering and had a long career at Corning. Since moving to the Triangle area, he has pursued his interests in art as well as classic cars. Most recently, he taught the OLLI course Artistry in Glass. He has also offered a version of this well-received Western Art History survey course several times.