Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Even if you are not an art major and this class is not required for your major, it is an amazing eye opener to understanding the history of mankind. This class not only discusses the mediums of art or what an artwork means, it goes in depth to discuss the broader picture of the time period. For example, you discuss Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel paintings, but you also discuss the deeper meanings behind the Renaissance itself. This class takes you on a journey through time and to be able to see what humankind has endured throughout history.
The highlights of this course for me personally is learning the little facts and tidbits about certain artworks and artists. For example, Van Gogh's Starry Night is rumored to be a view from the mental asylum that he lived in. It is those pieces of information that make this course interesting! In addition, I learned copious amounts of facts about artworks ranging from paintings to architecture starting from the Renaissance to the modern day. Also, I learned about types of mediums like oil and tempura and how exactly those mediums are created and applied. This knowledge is definitely applicable and useful to my everyday artist experience.
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Advice for students:
My best advice would be to read the assigned textbook as well as take notes during lectures. To be able to cover so many artworks and time periods is difficult for the professor to cover in such a short amount of time, so reading on your own time helps your personal understanding of time periods in addition to broadening your art history knowledge. Taking notes during lectures also help because the professor has knowledge that they attained personally that may not be in the textbook but may be on the test!