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ARTT 122 - History of Modern Art

Susan Connell

Course Description

Like Arts, Cultures, and Ideas, this is a course that introduces art as a reflection of humanity-our diversity and our creative processes. The History of Modern Art will root the cultural achievements of the 20th Century in their historical settings, showing how the political, social, and economic events of the period influenced artistic creation. This course is a survey of the most important movements in Western Art from the late 19th Century to the early 20th Century. The impact of Modernism on painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography will be covered. The student will learn the major artists and the influence that each art movement has on the next generation of artists. This is an important course for those who want to understand contemporary art. It also meets the oral presentation


Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121 (English Composition)

Course Objectives

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the important movements of Western Art from Impressionism to post 1945 Modernism.
  • Describe the chronology of the movements and the influence of one on the next.
  • Relate each movement to the historical, economic, and social events of the time.
  • Identify the major artists that made lasting contributions to their art form and discuss the historical and the significance of their achievements.
  • Demonstrate effective speaking so that others can understand the ideas expressed.
  • Effectively deliver a formal oral presentation in front of a group.

Required Texts and Materials

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Course Format

  • This class is not self-paced. *
  • This class does have required on-campus sessions


This course has a required orientation.  Please refer to the orientation schedule.


Exams must be taken in the HCC Testing Center or an approved proctoring center if you do not live within driving distance of the campus. Please contact the instructor if this information applies to you.

Required Viewers, Plug-ins, or Players

Visit and view the information for Technical Information/Requirements and download plug-ins The following plug-ins are required for this class:

  • Acrobat Viewer
  • Internet Explorer
  • Java installed and enabled
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • QuickTime
  • Real Player
  • Windows Media Player
  • Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word

If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to Susan Connell, Last updated on 15-May08 © Howard Community College, 2007

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