OSHR 1316 - Primary Gestures: Spinning the Ancient Art Globe

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

This course focuses on the objects and architecture of the global ancient world. Commencing with the earliest known examples from around the globe, you will learn what people believed, where, when and how they lived, plus whom they worshipped, whom they feared, and the stories their artworks are left to tell.

Discussion topics will include: 1) The Prehistoric: Images Before Words; 2) The Art of Mesopotamia: Polytheism, Beauty, and Power; 3) Art and Architecture of Egypt: Variations on the Theme of Stability; 4) The Art of Indigenous America: Unity with the Natural Worlds; 5) Ancient Asia: Warriors, Walls, and Worship; and 6) Ancient Africa: Expressions and Action.

Readings: Online subscription to Art Daily (free): artdaily.com; New York Times Art and Design Section (online or print): nytimes.com/section/arts/design

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Margaret Sharkoffmadrid

Margaret Sharkoffmadrid is a part-time art history faculty member at FRCC and consultant for the College Board’s national AP art history program. She previously taught art history in the Washington, DC area and served on faculty panels at the Denver Art Museum, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the National Gallery of Art.