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This class serves as an introduction to the history of art and sharpens visual and analytic skills. Within the weekly themes set out below we will learn about different art techniques and discern different ways of looking at and thinking about art. In addition, we will discuss various issues such as the question of beauty, interpretation and spirituality in art through outside readings, class discussions, and museum visits.

I will be actively involving my students in the city and region initiative by requiring them to visit two city museums (The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts) with a project that focuses on the contribution and value of local Philadelphia artists and culture.