OSHR 1414 - Why is THAT in an Art Museum?

  • 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.

Ever wonder why certain images and objects are considered to be art and how they landed in a museum? Or are you going to be visiting a museum and want to make more sense out of what you will see?

This course is a quick overview of the major types and periods of Western art from prehistoric to post-modern. We will focus on art’s historical development: at each time period we will ask why did they do that kind of art, and why did it change. We will make sense of how Western art developed so you can plug in your favorite and least favorite artists and better understand what they were trying to do.

You will also receive a one-sheet guide to take to museums.

Reading: Strickland, Carol, The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History From Prehistoric to Post-Modern, ISBN-10: 0836280059 or ISBN-13: 978-0836280050

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

Instructors

Sally Purath

Sally Purath earned a B.A. in social sciences, certification to teach language arts, and a M.Ed. at Colorado State University. She also has extensive training in Asian humanities. Sally taught for 26 years in Poudre School District, specializing in the humanities of Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America. She has studied religion and culture in Japan, China, India, Peru, and Europe and has led National Endowment for the Humanities institutes and other workshops for Poudre School District teachers.

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