DHS Arts and Ideas

This course will cover the history of philosophy, art and music. Students will learn to recognize and appreciate the great works of art from antiquity to the 20th century and will participate in discussions about the impact of major philosophical schools on the arts. The course will also include an overview of major political, scientific and historical events in order to enable students to make connections between fine art and wider events. The natural confluence of literature and the other arts will dovetail nicely with the D’Evelyn English curriculum. Students will take recognition tests on major works and will write short papers defending their viewpoints on significant ideas and their artistic applications. The course will emphasize the ideas and visual art of classical Greco-Roman civilization and the music, architecture and painting of Medieval Europe. Addition, the course will address the rediscovery of classical forms and philosophy during the Renaissance, the Baroque, Neo-Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic and 20th century developments. 

Text: Arts and Ideas, Mary Warner Marien and William Fleming, 10th ed., Harcourt Brace, 2005, ISBN 0-534-61371-3