About the Program

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Art History courses provide opportunities for students to practice speaking, reading and writing about art, to hone critical thinking and research skills, and to develop personal and cultural identities in relation to prior art movements, artists, and artworks. The courses have been grouped into freshmen, sophomore, and junior levels. Each new level requires the student to demonstrate increasingly sophisticated historical knowledge as well as analytical research, and writing skills.

The Freshman Foundations classes help students master the fundamentals needed for discussing and investigating works of art. Students are asked to develop their art vocabularies, to demonstrate library skills, and to explore the relationship between meaning and context. Students are presented with an overview of art history through an exploration of Western architecture. The class includes a tour of the Toledo Museum of Art and an architectural walk through Adrian's historic State Street/Dennis Street neighborhood.

Three surveys of Western Art (Ancient to Medieval, Renaissance to Modern, and American Art), allow sophomores and juniors to examine art produced during relatively large periods in history. Students acquire historical perspective as they apply the vocabulary, analytical skills, and research skills presented in the Language of Art.

Upper-level courses focus on relatively narrow topics, including 19th-Century Art, Early Twentieth-Century Art, Late Twentieth-Century Art, Visual Culture and the History of Photography. Aimed at juniors and seniors, these courses require students to tackle more difficult reading assignments, and to undertake independent research projects.

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Gail A. Ryder

Associate Professor of Humanities


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