History of Consciousness through Art

9th Grade: 4 weeks main lesson intensive; UC “a-g” approved course
Instructor: Mr. Peters

This class explores the evolution of human consciousness through visual and sculptural arts from Paleolithic times to Rembrandt, focusing on developing a visual, aesthetic sensibility within a range of historical eras and aesthetic contexts. It further provides the students with an aesthetic vocabulary with which they can observe, appreciate and critique the elements and principles of artistic expression.

Topic Areas:
  • Prehistoric Art
  • The Art of Ancient Egypt
  • The Art of Ancient Greece
  • The art of Ancient Rome
  • Early Christian art
  • The Art of the European Middle Ages
  • The Pre-, Early, and High Renaissance in Italy
  • The Northern Renaissance
  • Rembrandt

History of Consciousness through Poetry

10th Grade: 4 weeks main lesson intensive; UC “a-g” approved course
Instructor: Mr. Baker

This course examines how the evolution of human consciousness can be examined through the historical development of different types of poetic expression in the English language. Students are introduced to the basic elements of poetics, with particular emphasis on the development of English language poetry as a reflection of the language itself from its origins through the Elizabethan and Romantic ages to contemporary times. During the latter part of the course, particular attention is given to the emergence of an American voice through the works of Whitman, the Harlem Renaissance writers, and the ‘folk’ voices of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan that gave rise to the contemporary singer-songwriters.

Topic Areas:
  • History of the English language
  • Poetic forms, elements and devices
  • Anglo-Saxon and Middle English poetry
  • The Elizabethan Age and the emergence of modern English
  • The Modern Era I: from Milton to Tennyson
  • The American Voice
  • Modern Era II: 20th century: experimental vs. traditional
  • The personal voice

History of Consciousness through Music

11th Grade: 4 weeks main lesson intensive; UC “a-g” approved course
Instructor: Mr. Masur

This course follows a chronological and cultural sequence that focuses on the aesthetic and expressive development of music in Western human history. As such it studies the development of different forms of musical practice and expression in the ancient, medieval and modern world. Primary attention is giving to the human experience of hearing the consciousness from the darkness of the earth to the light of the cosmos as it was practiced throughout recorded history. A key question that weaves through the course are, “what is music” and “why do we as humans feel a need to express ourselves through music?”

Topic Areas:
  • Nomenclature and The Elements of Music
  • Historical Periods of Art Music:
  • Ancient Greece
  • Medieval
  • Renaissance
  • Classical
  • Romanticism
  • Modern Music

History of Consciousness through Architecture

12th Grade: 4 weeks main lesson intensive; UC “a-g” approved course
Instructor: Mr. Peters

This course examines the chronological and cultural sequences of architecture from ancient Egypt through the classical Mediterranean civilizations into medieval and Renaissance Europe and to the modern, cross-cultural, world gesture in architecture. Primary attention is given to the human experience of lifting up consciousness from the darkness of the earth to the light of the cosmos. Similarly, the course’s thematic focus in on the question: “who lives within this space: a god, a mortal or a machine?”

Topic Areas:
  • Architectural Nomenclature
  • Cultural Epochs & Regions
  • Mound, Pyramid & Ziggurat
  • The Egyptian Temple Complex
  • The Greek Temple
  • Rome: the Arch and Basilica
  • Islamic Influence
  • Storming Heaven: the Gothic Cathedral
  • Italian Renaissance: Architect As Artist
  • Brunelleschi & Michelangelo
  • The Industrial Age: Iron & Glass
  • The Skyscraper
  • The Chicago School
  • Internationalism
  • Contemporary Trends