Teaching the Natural World in Prehistory

I group all the Prehistoric images that focus on the natural world (i.e. animals) together in a PowerPoint and teach the historical context of hunters-and-gatherers through the art they have left behind. My PowerPoints have hardly any words on them because I want to train my students to look and discuss to get the answers. [...]

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Student Series! Religion’s Purpose in Ancient Greece

The mysteries of what occurs after death has created a need for humans to seek religion. This has been a characteristic of humanity throughout ages, but Ancient Greek religion was fascinating and enticing to me. It was characterized by a distinct background that still makes it known today as the poster-child for mythology. The Greeks [...]

Student Series! A Caveman’s Way of Creating Art

Created from approximately 16,000-14,000 BCE, the Hall of the Bulls was rediscovered in 1940. These amazing murals show the techniques and intuition of the Paleolithic society that thrived in what is today modern-day France. Materials & Painting Technique Paleolithic artists of the Lascaux caves in France were surprisingly creative in their techniques in painting the animal [...]

The many questions surrounding Jan Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait

This post was originally published June 6th on The Artstor Blog, The many questions surrounding Jan Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait. It's a fantastic art history blog if you are interested, make sure to follow! Also, this is a great article about an image from the AP Art History 250 image set. All images in this blog [...]

Student Series! Journey of the Book of Kells

The Book of Kells is a well-known illustrated manuscript and one of the most famous medieval Christian pieces of art. It contains the Four Gospels of the New Testament in Latin and has been claimed to be “the work of an angel” (Gardner’s Art Through the Ages). Also known as Leabhar Chemannais, the Book of [...]