History through Humanities - THIS CLASS IS FULL FOR 2018-19!
Instructors: Julie Czerenda & Francesca Morrissey
Duration: 36 weeks (Aug. 27- June 14), meeting 1x/week for 3 hours
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 10 AM-1 PM
Credits: 3 (1 history, 1 art, 1 English)
Cost: $2570 (includes $320 worth of books and art materials)
Course Description: This course is the first of a planned 3 course series that, if taken all together, will incorporate the art, world history and literature from the medieval period through to modern day. While we welcome those interested in committing to this 3 year long series, it is not at all necessary to do so. Each class can be taken independent of the others, and there are no prerequisites for taking any one class.
This year's course will focus on the art, world history and literature of the Middle Ages (500 AD) – the Rococo/Baroque Period (1750). This course is a great option for students who are often bored by the rote memorization and text book readings required of traditional history classes. All the history in this class will be taught in the context of each period's art and literature. The course is divided into trimesters focused on each of the following periods: Medieval, Renaissance, and Rococo/Baroque. The following is a sampling of artists, writers and historical figures/events that may be included: Medieval - Limbourg Brothers and illuminated manuscripts, Bruegel the Elder, The Norman Conquest, The Plague; Sir Gawain & The Green Knight, Beowulf; Renaissance – Michelangelo, DaVinci & the Medicis, the Catholic Church, the Reformation, Gutenberg, Machiavelli's The Prince, Spencer's “The Faerie Queen,” Shakespeare’s The Tempest; Rococo/Baroque - Caravaggio, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Thomas Gainsborough, The Thirty Years War, Louis XIV, the metaphysical poets, Cervantes, Rousseau, Voltaire's Candide.
Students can expect to do 3-6 hours of work per week outside of class time. Homework may include independent reading and annotating of texts, working on or completing art assignments, research and writing of analytical papers formatted using MLA style. One such paper will be due each trimester. For students unfamiliar with or not comfortable with such research and writing, this is the perfect way to acquire these necessary skills.
It is our hope to include one museum field trip per trimester to supplement our in-class learning, provided parents are available to help with carpooling and chaperoning, if necessary.
All required texts and art materials will be purchased in advance of our first class and are included in the class cost. Books will be provided to students on the first day of classes. Teachers will provide any supplemental handouts as needed.
Grading & Evaluations: Students are evaluated based on the completion of all required art and written work. Grades are determined as follows:
class attendance and participation = 33%
artwork, projects and/or presentations = 33%
three analytical research papers = 33%
To secure enrollment in this course a non-refundable deposit of $1020 is required at time of registration. A second installment of $775 is due on or before Sept. 1, 2018 and a final installment of $775 is due on or before Jan. 1, 2019. Payments can be made by mailing a check payable to:
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