13 Art History Modern

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms L. Murphy

Recommended Prior Learning

Art History, English, History and/or Classics at Year 12 are an advantage.

(A selection of art works that we study in relation to history in the 2022 Course: E.g. Matisse, Kathe Kollwitz, Picasso, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Rodchenko, Duchamp, Hannah Hoch, Miro, Dali, Magritte)

Art History is a really interesting and engaging way to investigate history in relation to the visual culture, design and art that was produced during the time. Students will look, discuss, read and write about art works, ideas and history in class. They will learn about technological, economic, political and social contexts from the early 20th Century in Europe and analyse how these shaped modernist art, design and architecture.

Writing is a key method of assessment in the course. Students will work to develop their vocabulary, paragraph and essay writing skills through the class tasks and discussions, course readers and written assessments.

Art History will support any future career, by developing; analysis and critical thinking skills, writing, literacy and discussion skills in students. Art History helps people to see the history of human ideas, and therefore helps them to develop their own thinking and ideas - in any career field. Visual arts students are advised to take modern art history as it supports their ideas.

In the Modern Art History Course we will be focusing on art in Early 20th Century Europe from 1900 through to 1940Alongside art works, we look at how influences, such as Freud's new ideas about the human mind and unconscious, combined with philosophical, political and economic forces, influenced artists to express new and sometimes radical ideas through their art. This is a key period in art history, when western art changed dramatically in response to the rising forces of modernity, war, political extremes. Modernism and modernity are still affecting our art and ideas today.

Discussions about photography, design and architecture will be integrated into the course work.

Modern Art History places students in a very good position to sit Art History Scholarship as they are introduced to a wide range of art movements looking back from the 20th Century.

There are two internal assessments and three external standards in this course.

(A  selection of images which show some of the historical contexts that we will look at alongside the art and design works: Freud, Modernity, WWI, Art Deco, The New Woman, Flappers, Design, Fashion, The Rise of Fascism, Communism and WWII in Europe)

Course Overview

Term 1
Introduction to Art History vocabulary and a brief overview of ancient to contemporary art.
Overview of the 19th Century and the beginnings of Modernism in Art (carries on from Level 2 Course)
Art Nouveau, Art Deco
'Modern' life in Paris in the early 20th Century.
France: Cubist and Fauvist Art Movements.
Italy: Futurist Art

Internal: 3.7 Examine the relationships between theory and art works.

Term 2
German Expressionist Art: Der Blaue Reiter Movement, Kandinsky, Die Brucke Movement, Kathe Kollwitz
World War One
Dada Art and Marcel Duchamp - Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Paris.
Netherlands: De Stilj Movement- Mondrian.

Internal: 3.4 Examine the impact of media and processes on art works.

Term 3
Sigmund Freud and the Unconscious
Surrealist Art: Miro, Masson, Dali, Magritte
The 1920s in Paris and Berlin
The Bauhaus Design and Art School
The Rise of Nazi Party - The 1930s
World War Two

External NCEA revision and preparation

Term 4
External NCEA revision and preparation

Learning Areas:

The Arts

Assessment Policy & Procedures
Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Advertising Specialist, Copywriter, Architect, Architectural Technician, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Historian, Artist, Film and Video Editor, Barrister, Author, Tailor/Dressmaker, Tattoo Artist, Urban/Regional Planner, Civil Engineer, Fashion Designer, Journalist, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Communications Professional, Industrial Designer, Jeweller, Technical Writer, Editor, Solicitor, Make-up Artist, Curator, Visual Merchandiser, Media Producer, Game Developer, Landscape Architect, Primary School Teacher, Photographer, Secondary School Teacher, User Experience Designer, Marketing Specialist

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

There is a take home component of $30.00 for course booklets and resources.

Description Type Value
Take Home Component Non-Voluntary $30.00
AHM Course Workbooks. Covers the course content, with write on revision activities. Non-Voluntary $58.00

Pathway Tags

Media, Advertising, Film, Architecture, Curating, Museum Studies, Journalism, Writing, Art, Design, Fashion, Photography, Historian

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We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.