*History of Art

Course Overview

 This course will introduce students to as many works of art as reasonably possible while developing the students' skills of observation, description, analysis, interpretation and evaluation. Students will develop the visual art vocabulary to communicate effectively about any work of art; skills to critique artworks based on elements, principles, and iconography; develop their own interpretations, and support their analyses.

Intended Outcomes

 As a part of this course, you will meet the following SNU General Education Learning Outcome that states, SNU students:

  • Have the ability to evaluate artistic expressions, including the fine arts, music, drama, literature, media, and human movement (i.e., dance, sports), through the use of political, sociological, anthropological and aesthetic theories. (Aesthetic Analysis)
  • Can construct rational arguments based on solid evidence acquired from appropriate sources and through the use of the best available methods and can communicate those arguments clearly and concisely using sound rhetorical strategies in both speech and writing. (Effective Communication)

 Additionally, at the completion of this course, students will have:

  • Developed an understanding of the visual elements of art and how artists use them.
  • Developed an understanding of the principles of design and how artists use them.
  • Acquired knowledge about art produced during specific historical periods:
    • ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN WORLDS: Oldest Art; Mesopotamia, Egypt, Aegean; Greek and Roman;
    • CHRISTIANITY AND THE FORMATION OF EUROPE: The Rise of Christianity; Byzantium; the Middle Ages in Europe; and Toward the Renaissance
    • THE RENAISSANCE: Early, High and Late
    • THE 17TH AND 18TH CENTURIES: Baroque, 18th century and Revolution
    • THE MODERN WORLD: 1800 – 1945: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism; Manet and Impressionism; Post-Impressionism; Bridging the Atlantic: America In The 19th Century; Into The 20th Century: The Avant-Garde
  • Analyzed and critiqued works of art.
  • Developed a respect for works of art that are not necessarily “liked.”
  • Researched and reported on the iconography of at least one artwork.
  • Become familiar with art exhibited in OKC, Tulsa, Oklahoma and beyond

Course Materials

 Getlein, Mark. Living with Art. McGraw Hill, New York, New York, current edition.


  If you need assistance with a learning, physical or psychological disability that may affect your academic progress, you are encouraged to contact the Academic Center for Excellence, Disability Services at (405)491-6694 (M-F 8:00-5:00). All students are encouraged to seek assistance from ACE, the Southern Nazarene University Academic Center for Excellence (LRC #309).