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by James Parlou | Mar 23 2020
ART & DESIGN
Age of Cathedrals
9 weeks; 4 hours per week
This major French basilica serves as a starting point for this class, which traces the evolution of religious architecture from Romanesque to Gothic. Students will come away with an understanding of major architectural elements such as pointed arches, ribbed vaults, and, of course, flying buttresses. The course also explores how Gothic cathedrals contributed to the revival of 12th- and 13th-century cities—serving as the catalyst for new social arrangements, art, literature, and economics throughout the High Middle Ages.
Photography Basics and Beyond: From Smartphone to DSLR
Michigan State University
7 months; 4 hours per week
This four-module program guides brand-new photographers through the ins and outs of digital photography, and arms them with a fundamental set of skills. In the first section, “Cameras, Exposure, and Photography,” students are introduced to the basic functions of a range of digital cameras as they take their first photographs. Later lessons address composition, post-production, lighting, and more. It’s a thorough introduction to the medium.
Comics: Art in Relationship
California College of the Arts
5 classes; 10 hours of work per class
Led by Matt Silady, chair of California College of the Arts’s MFA in comics, this course will deepen your understanding of the comic book medium by exploring fundamentals such as the relationship between text and images, page layouts, and transitions between panels.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, University of Tokyo
4 weeks per course; 3–6 hours per week
This three-part series examines the modern history of Japan from the 1850s to 1930s, as well as post-war Tokyo. These courses utilise images made by people who experienced the events firsthand.
Pyramids of Giza: Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology
8 weeks; 2–4 hours per week
Led by Harvard Egyptology professor Peter Der Manuelian, this course goes into ancient Egypt’s most famous archeological site, Giza Plateau. Home to the Great Sphinx and a trio of monumental pyramids—including the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world—the site provides a jumping-off point to discuss the culture and history of Egypt’s Old Kingdom. Classes will explore the significance of hieroglyphic inscriptions inside the tombs, cultivate an appreciation of Egyptian art of the time period, and consider the ways in which new technologies like 3D modelling could shape the future of Egyptology.
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