TeacherJames aims to create interdisciplinary lessons through Art History. James Earle has a Master's degree in Renaissance Studies from the University of London and has taught cultural history since 2007. View Profile
- Total Time 40 min
- Lessons 8
- Exercises 33
8 Lessons in This Course
6 minFREEArt Appreciation lesson 1Free4 CQ
Why are there so many arches in Raphael’s “The School of Athens?” Learn what the arches signify, and what they have to do with Plato, Aristotle, and Euclid.
3 minArt Appreciation lesson 22 CQ
“The Last Judgment” is a stunning fresco, and owes its beauty in part to the ultramarine used for the sky. Learn about the history of this paint and painting.
3 minArt Appreciation lesson 32 CQ
The anamorphic skull at the bottom of Hans Holbein’s double portrait “The Ambassadors” seems out of place, until you understand how and why it got there.
5 minArt Appreciation lesson 43 CQ
Why study an image that has no single accepted interpretation? “The Flagellation of Christ” goes to show that there is always something to learn from true art.
5 minArt Appreciation lesson 53 CQ
Botticelli’s famous painting, “The Birth of Venus” is a beautiful example of Renaissance art—beauty that is in part the product of mathematical genius.
3 minArt Appreciation lesson 62 CQ
Renaissance artist Michelangelo had great knowledge of human anatomy. Could this possibly explain a very biological interpretation of “The Creation of Adam?”
7 minArt Appreciation lesson 74 CQ
In art there are various ways to encourage consideration of the eternal over the temporal; the Alhambra does so by the use of symmetrical and abstract patterns.
3 minArt Appreciation lesson 82 CQ
Picasso’s works are very valuable, but often difficult to interpret. Learning about Picasso’s culture can help you understand these intense works of art.
840 min8-part Art Appreciation course22 CQ
The old masters created some of the most beloved works of art in the world! Discover them in this art history survey course, and journey from the High Renaissance and through the twentieth century.
5117 min5-part Art Appreciation course61 CQ
Explore the art, culture, symbols, and practices of American Indian and First Nations peoples in this course. Review the basic elements of art criticism including form, content, and symbolism.
733 min7-part Art Appreciation course18 CQ
Explore the difference between an art period and movement, and about various art movements including impressionism, dadaism, minimalism, suprematism, pop art, and readymade art.
924 min9-part Art Appreciation course19 CQ
Learn the meaning and history behind art history terms in nine simple lessons. From “avant-garde” to “chiaroscuro,” from “impasto” to “iconoclasm,” these terms unlock a world of art appreciation.
7143 min7-part Art Appreciation course75 CQ
The history of art in Japan is intertwined with the nation's tumultuous past. Discover Japanese art from Neolithic pottery to the Heian period scroll paintings in this art history course!