Art History Prehistory to the Renaissance

This is an actual college level course that is taught at several accredited colleges.
Kenney Mencher
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The history of art from Prehistory to the Early Renaissance

This is part one of a year-long college-level survey course in art history. This course covers art history from the Prehistoric Era to the beginning of the European Renaissance.

This course also covers ancient non western art in the Americas, Asia, and Africa.

This course is designed as a basic college-level survey of art history. I provide an online textbook as well as study guides and worksheets.  This course covers the language used to discuss art.  A complete overview of art, culture, and architecture.

Each work is covered in depth, the works physical or formal properties are discussed such as technology used to create the work, color, medium, materials, composition, and shading.

The symbolism of each work is discussed and how to interpret the interrelationship of symbols in a work of art. 

This course is the actual content of a course I taught at an accredited college in California called Ohlone college.

I designed this course as a series of clear, non-jargon laden video lectures and texts designed to help any student who wants to pass AP art history and or any beginning level art history survey course.


  1. To assimilate a working knowledge of the periods traditionally known as Ancient, Classical, Medieval, African, Asian (India, China, Japan, or Southeast Asia), MesoAmerica, etc.

  2. To develop an awareness of the monuments, techniques and media used during these periods.

  3. To discover the stylistic differences and modes of of expression peculiar to different cultures.

  4. To introduce to the student, significant examples of the visual arts pertinent to gaining a working knowledge of Ancient Art and Architecture.

  5. To prepare students for ensuing courses of Art History.

  6. To increase a student’s sensitivity to the art of both the European and non-western cultures.

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How long do I have access to the course materials?
You can view and review the lecture materials indefinitely, like an on-demand channel.
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