Art History

Art History is the study of the visual arts in civilization. Its interdisciplinary reach encompasses literature, history, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, and cultural studies. Art History emphasizes visual as well as verbal and written literacy. I have a passion for Art History and I think its important to expose Art History to my students to help them gain further understanding for Social Studies. I use the Picturing America Program to incorporate Art History into Social Studies.

Picturing America Program

Picturing America, an exciting initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities, brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide. Through this innovative program, students and citizens will gain a deeper appreciation of our country’s history and character through the study and understanding of its art.

Parker Junior High is fortunate to be a receipient of this program grant. I use the masterpieces as part of several lesson plans. Here is a listing of the masterpieces I do use. At your leisure, please take a look at the Picturing America Program website to view all of the masterpieces they have selected.

Picturing America Program Website

Below is a sample of the masterpieces we will study throughout the school year: