Art History I: A Century of Modern Art

These programs highlight the evolution of European and American art during the last century. The story begins with the French artist Edouard Manet’s break from tradition in the 19th century and continues through Pop Art in America. Host Denise Hicks discusses selected works, commenting on the artists’ personal histories, and pointing out distinctive elements in their work.

The series aims to give students the skill and information they need to recognize the works of 60 modern artists by style and subject matter. At the end of each program, the host asks students to identify several paintings by artist.

Grade Levels 6-12
Resource Types: 10 Videos, 1 PDF


Impressionists Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, and Mary Cassatt; Post-Impressionists Georges Seurat and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec.

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The Fauves

Post-Impressionist forerunners Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin; Fauves Henri Matisse, André Derain, Maurice Vlaminck, and Raoul Dufy.

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Edvard Munch, Ernst Kirchner, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Alexei Jawlensky, and Max Beckmann.

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Post-Impressionist forerunner Paul Cézanne; Cubists Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Robert Dulaunay, Fernand Léger, Marcel Duchamp, and Piet Mondrian.

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Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Henri Rousseau, René Magritte, Giorgio De Chirico, and Marc Chagall.

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Modern Mavericks

Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee, George Rouault, Amedeo Modigliani, Giacomo Balla, and Oskar Kokoschka.

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American Landscapes

Joseph Stella, Charles Demuth, Charles Scheeler, Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, and John Marin.

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Edward Hopper, Ben Shahn, Jack Levine, Horace Pippin, Milton Avery, Andrew Wyeth, Grant Wood, and Thomas Hart Benton.

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Abstract Expressionism

Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Adolph Gottlieb, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, and Frank Stella.

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Roy Lichenstein, Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, Wayne Thiebaud, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Indiana.

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Teacher's Guide

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The Teacher’s Guide includes program objectives, summaries, and lists of featured artists and their works. Additionally, this teacher’s guide contains a variety of opportunities for related discussions and classroom activities. Pre- and post-discussion questions serve to prepare students to view the program and to reinforce and review its content. For each program, the guide contains a student summary sheet, which could be given to students directly after the program for review, or withheld until after the discussion questions have been answered. The guide also contains activities for each program expressly designed to extend the program content into both art analysis and art making.

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