​​Art History

Ours is a visual culture.  We are bombarded daily by hundreds​ of images, most of which we glance at for only a moment.  Art History asks us to look at images in a different way: deliberately and with care. Whether a Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo or a Chinese landscape of the Song Dynasty, works of art help us understand how color, line, form and space convey meaning to particular audiences.  This dialogue between art and audience and the strategies for making meaning, we can see in contemporary images and design, from advertisements to infographics.

Art History at Napa Valley College provides students a range of courses, covering earliest image-making to contemporary art practice, photography to graphic design.  Surveys include art and architecture of Europe, Asia, and Africa, Oceania, and Native North America.​

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