The World of Art

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Laas Geel, Somalia

The art history program starts at the beginning, the very first sculptures and (cave) paintings from the Old Stone Age and that is immediately a flying start in which we encounter artistic principles that are still current today.
We look not only at the art of Europe, but of the whole world. We pay attention not only to art itself, but also to the social and cultural context. We also look at the development of religion, poetry and philosophy, which in the past were often connected, including the visual arts.
The first module deals with prehistory: the stone age and the formation of the first high cultures. The second module deals with the rise of high culture in the Orient, Europe and China. The third module discusses the classical culture of Europe, especially Greece and Rome. In the fourth module we look at the rise of Islam, and the cultures of Central, South and Southeast Asia. Finally, the fifth module is dedicated to the nomads of Central Asia, to China, Japan, Oceania and America, to conclude with the caliphate of the Abbasids.
Each chapter concludes with a question in which the connection is sought between the discussed old and contemporary art. The reactions serve as a discussion document and are stored as such. The intention is that the collected reactions open up new insights.


The course The world of art is divided into 5 modules of 6 weeks each.During 5 weeks a weekly lesson with an assignment will be sent. In the sixth week a reflection takes place in the form of a videoconference.
The assignments are discussed weekly.

Theory program
Every week, a different aspect is treated, with a home assignment at the same time. When the result of that assignment is sent within the set period of time, comments and if necessary instructions will follow at the same time upon receipt of the next lesson.

Module  I: The beginning
1          The old and new stone age
2          Archers and farmers
3          Livestock breeders and farmers
4          From Babel to Ugarit
5          The Indus and the Aryans

Module II: Antiquity
6          he Sahara and the Nile
7          Priests and kings
8          Rock stacks and conquerors
9          The Storm God and the great fire catastrophe
10        Oracle and human sacrifice

Module III: The Classical Era
11        Europe
12        The flourishing of Greece
13        Gods and heroes
14        The flourishing of Italy
15        Art in Rome

Module IV: The magical east
16        Byzantium
17        Dar-ul-Islam
18        From the roof of the world to the steppe
19        Kingdoms in Southeast Asia
20        India’s rich

Module V: The rich world
21        Ancient China.
22        Oceania and America
23        Horsemen and empires
24        Japan
25        The Caliphate

Free working periods
The study program is interrupted four times a year with a fourteen-day free work period, which coincides with the school vacations. In the summer there is a prolonged break, in which a fortnightly international practical with a conference is also planned.

The assignments for the theory program are always sent within 4 days and are then commented weekly.