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Art of the Western World

This online class is designed to help participants develop a cultural understanding and appreciation of the visual arts, such as painting, sculpture, architecture, and design. Offered as a series of online lectures, students can follow at their own pace moving from the earliest Cave Art to Contemporary works of art that explore Performance and Installation as mediums. Recorded lectures are created in a series of 10-15 minute videos with accompanying notes that follow the history of art and how it evolved through the ages. Students will learn about the influences and connections that have helped cultures evolve through the millennia and make sense of the many artistic movements in the more modern era as well.

Mary Shira is an instructor at JMU’s School of Art, Design and Art History, where she teaches Foundation classes in Studio and has lectured in Art History since 1997. Shira holds an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and both a BFA and MS Ed from St. John’s University. As an active artist, her award-winning paintings have been displayed in several galleries, juried shows, and national touring exhibitions and explore the place of nature in the modern world. 

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