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Northstar Academy

A fully accredited private online
Christian school for grades 4-12

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Art History HS

  • Name:

    Art History HS (HIST220)

  • Department:

    Social Studies

  • Credits:

    0.5 (semester course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:


Art History HS


Students will navigate several periods of history in order to explore the connections between art and history. Students will engage historic artworks through creating detailed descriptions, thoughtful analysis, and considering historical context. Unit Projects will allow students to demonstrate learning and skills needed for engaging in historical inquiry. Students will analyze artwork, research artists, evaluate the social context which influenced art movements, and create a project that uses art as a mode of communication.

Special Notes:

While we understand the necessity for a promote the use of modesty in all courses at NorthStar, the avoidance of unclothed figures is not possible in the comprehensive study of art as the study of “the nude” dates back to ancient times. Throughout this course, students will study historical works of art, many of which include nude figures. An example of a nude figure students will encounter is Michelangelo’s Statue of David. As stated, we strive to choose pieces of artwork for study with the utmost attention to Christian values regarding modesty and practice wisdom and discretion through the selection process. Even so, the inclusion of nude figures in this course is unavoidable.


If you’ve ever felt that history is all about dates and long lists of information, you might be happily surprised to know that there is a way to “see history in color” while studying art history! When you immerse yourself in a period of history using artwork as a primary source, you’ll be able to learn more about the culture, technology, as well as how people from different cultures and time periods saw the world in which they lived. Because it is possible to learn a lot from closely observing historic art, you will have the opportunity to step into the role of a historian and have opportunities to explore artworks and topics that you find interesting. So jump aboard and get ready to take a visual tour through Ancient Greece and Rome, the Renaissance, and various periods of art from 1600 – 1900 in order to explore famous statues, buildings, paintings, the lives of prominent artists, and the invention of photography.

If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.

Student Feedback

I enjoyed Art History very much. Through this course, I have learned about all the amazing artists throughout history, like Leonardo da Vinci or Van Gogh. Art History has opened my eyes to appreciate the beauty of the world around me, and taught me how to appreciate art. The class has an easy format, and all the lessons are interesting and engaging. Art History was an amazing course!