This download includes a project description, rubric, content standard checklist, and an example site. You will need to teach your students how to use Google Sites.
This project is designed to help your students understand how Old Master art was used to support and reinforce existing power structures in Europe and elsewhere, in different eras and regions., from c. 1600 - c. 1850.
They will design an educational website using Google Sites to explore and explain how art came to serve the needs of powerful forces in Europe: the Catholic Church in its response to the Protestant Reformation (the Catholic Counter-Reformation), the strong kings and absolute monarchs of France, Spain, and England; the growth of a sophisticated aristocratic elite class (evident in Rococo art), the revolutions that follow in France and the US, and the Romantic questioning of power and corruption.
By analyzing artworks from the five major eras during the Age of Empire, their website will display how art supported these power complexes and ultimately helped bring them down. The site will be public and provide viewers with an overview art and power and the Age of Empire.
How will your students benefit from a project like this?
Learning and Innovation Skills:
-Communication and Collaboration
Information, Media, and Technology Skills:
-Website Design & Development
-Analysis of an abundance of information
Life and Career Skills:
-Initiative and Self-Direction
-Productivity and Accountability
-Leadership and Responsibility
This project meets the visual literacy content standards.