Art History: Renaissance Masters

Art History: Renaissance Masters


About this course

This class is part of the full-year Art History series. Other class in the series include:

Art History: Ancient Civilizations

Art History: Indigenous Americas

Art History: The Middle Ages

Recommended Ages: This class is ideal for students ages 10-17. Younger academically gifted students will be accepted.

Start Date: February 1. Class runs for 4 weeks. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete the course. No live classes- do the lesson plans on YOUR schedule.

Price: $60

Space Available: 

In the span between the 14th and 17th centuries, the artistic, political, and economic “rebirth” in
Europe following the Middle Ages came to be known as the Renaissance. During this time of
diverse aspirations and passionate ideas, Greek literature and Greek art had once again come
to light as source for inspiration. From its birthplace in Florence, Italy, the artistic fervor of the
Renaissance spread throughout Europe, inspiring some of the greatest works of art and
architecture that influenced the later development of Western art, and which are still widely
admired and appreciated today. This four week class will explore the works of the artists known
as the great Renaissance Masters—including the art of Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da
Vinci, as well as a few other select well known artists of the Renaissance.

This is class is not recommended for most children under 10 (but we trust that you know your child’s abilities better than we do!). There will be only one level for this course.

LESSON PLANS: This is a 4 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.

Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course.

DISCUSSION: There are weekly discussions about the lesson plan with the instructor. We also offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!

ASSIGNMENTS: Most weeks, students get to choose from a list of exciting and fun hands on projects to let them really dig deep into topics in the lesson plan that interest them the most! The goal is to allow students to explore the topic while allowing their creativity to flow. We encourage out of the box thinking! Generally projects can be submitted in any format of the student’s choosing…written, presentation, poster, stop motion animation, minecraft, song, skit…we’ve seen it all!! Check out our facebook page for examples of student projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.

QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.

GRADES: All students will have access to our online learning system where they can view their lesson plan and assignments, take optional quizzes, access our discussion boards, submit assignments, and view instructor feedback on those assignments. You have the option of having your student’s assignments graded or not. In a given semester, you choose whether you want all or none of that student’s classes to receive grades (for example, if they are taking 3 classes, all 3 classes must be either graded or not graded). You can change the option the following semester. Graded students will be required to take the weekly quiz and will receive a number grade for their assignments in addition to feedback. They will also receive a final report card that you can print and keep for your records. Please note: All quizzes and some homework assignments that require an online “quiz” like entry will receive a grade.

TIME: In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).

Week 1 will begin with an introduction to the Renaissance—the beginning of this “rebirth” and
the inspiration for the movement. We will also explore the art and architecture of Italian artist
Raffaelo Sanzio da Urbino, known commonly as Raphael.

Week 2 will primarily focus on the work of Italian painter, sculptor, architect, and poet
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni.

Week 3 we will study the life and work of Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, or Leonardo da
Vinci–artist, architect, engineer, and scientist.

Week 4 will cover various other well-known Renaissance artists, including Italian painters Titian,
Sandro Botticelli, and Peter Paul Rubens. Week 4 will also explore various other famous
paintings, sculptures, and architecture from the Renaissance.


Our course begins with the first step for generating great user experiences: understanding what people do, think, say, and feel. In this module, you’ll learn how to keep an open mind while learning.

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