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8th Grade Art: Topics on World Art (Independent Study)

8th Grade Art: Topics on World Art (Independent Study)

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Quick Overview

Following the timeline of the K12 History program, lessons introduce students to the artists, cultures, and great works of world art and architecture from Renaissance through modern times.

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Course Overview

Intermediate Art: World B is designed to complement the World History: Our Modern World, 1400 to 1917 course. Following the timeline of the K12 History program, lessons introduce students to the artists, cultures, and great works of world art and architecture from Renaissance through modern times.

  • Study and create various works of art from the Renaissance and beyond
  • Discover great works of art and see how they influenced later artists
  • Compare and contrast works from many civilizations, from paintings to sculpture, architecture, book covers, prints, and more
  • Analyze how artists use elements like color and shape, and principles like balance and pattern, to create pleasing designs and compositions
  • Study the various techniques and processes to produce different effects in drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures
  • Learn how artists decorate objects like book covers, wallpaper, and fabrics
  • Create artworks inspired by works they learn about, using many materials and techniques; for example, after studying the Tempietto by Bramante and Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright, students design their own model of a building. And after studying expressive portrait paintings by Rembrandt, Judith Leyster, and Pablo Picasso, they make expressive self-portraits

Course Outline

Renaissance and Beyond

  • Recognize that artworks with similar characteristics are grouped into periods or styles
  • Identify characteristics of Italian Renaissance art in works by Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael
  • Identify events in the life of Raphael and characteristics of his art
  • Identify the use of one-point and atmospheric perspective in paintings
  • Identify characteristics of Northern Renaissance art in works by Albrecht Dürer and Pieter Brueghel the Elder
  • Identify ways Renaissance artists were inspired by the ideals of Classical art
  • Compare and contrast Renaissance and Baroque sculpture by Michelangelo and Bernini
  • Identify ways the arts from Africa, China, and the Islamic world influenced artists and patrons of Renaissance Europe

Eye on Design

  • Identify ways Jean-Baptiste-Sim on Chardin, Paul Gauguin, Andr Derain, and Mark Rothko use color in paintings
  • Compare and contrast the use of color in Naturalistic and Fauve art in works by Jean-Baptiste-Sim on Chardin and Andr Derain
  • Identify ways Edgar Degas, Utagawa Hiroshige, and Giacomo Balla show movement in artworks
  • Recognize that artists use the elements of art and principles of design in artworks
  • Identify ways African and Japanese artists use the elements of art and principles of design in their art
  • Identify compositional characteristics in paintings by Diego Velzquez and Titian

It's All in the Technique

  • Recognize that artists use various techniques to produce different effects in their drawings
  • Identify techniques used in drawings by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Vincent van Gogh
  • Identify techniques used in paintings by John James Audubon, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Paul Signac
  • Compare and contrast techniques used in Naturalistic and Impressionist paintings in works by John James Audubon and Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • Identify techniques used in prints by Albrecht Dürer, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Andy Warhol
  • Identify techniques used in sculptures by Donatello, Michelangelo, Auguste Rodin, and Marisol Escobar

Themes in Art: The Artist's Vision

  • Recognize that artists have different ways of portraying the same theme or subject
  • Identify characteristics of portraits by Rembrandt, Judith Leyster, and Pablo Picasso
  • Identify characteristics of landscapes by Thomas Cole, Vincent van Gogh, Shen Zhou, and Ansel Adams
  • Identify events in the life of Pablo Picasso or characteristics of his art
  • Describe characteristics of Cubist art in works by Pablo Picasso

Function and Beauty

  • Identify characteristics of book covers made by Islamic, French, and Russian artists
  • Identify ways artists add beauty to functional objects
  • Identify events in the life of William Morris, and characteristics of his art

Additional Information

Course Length 12 Months
Prerequisites N/A
Course Materials

Many K12 courses utilize physical materials in addition to the online content.  These materials may include the following.

Standard Kits

STANDARD kits contain K12 course materials that are required for completion of the course.  These kits include K12 authored materials and/or difficult to procure materials that a student needs to complete a course. Printed reference guides are not included in Standard kits.


CONSUMABLE kits contain only those materials from the standard kit that are intended for one time use. Families who purchase a Standard kit for Child A could later purchase a Consumable kit for Child B to complete the same course.


Offered for added convenience, ADDITIONAL kits contain easily obtained materials needed for the course which a family may already have in their home. 

Coach and/or Student Reference Guides are available for purchase with some courses.  Electronic versions of these reference guides are also available within digital courses.

Course Start Date

Independent Study Courses

Courses start daily for courses without a teacher.

Teacher Assisted No, this course is only available as independent study.
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Windows OS

  • CPU: 1.8 GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher

  • At this time our users are encouraged not to upgrade to Windows 10 or Edge (the new browser)


Mac OS

  • CPU: PowerPC G4 1 GHz or faster processor; Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster processor

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher (Safari is not supported!)

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