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Summer Courses

Special Art History Summer Session on Tulane’s campus!

 Prehistory through the Middle Ages

ARHS 1010 Art Survey I: Prehistory through the Middle Ages, Prof. Holly Flora, MTWRF 11:00am – 12:40pm

Summer Session I: May 26–June 26


An introduction to the history of painting, sculpture and architecture from the Old Stone Age through the ancient Mediterranean world to the end of the medieval period in Western Europe. Considers issues including technique, style, iconography, patronage, historical context, and art theory. Required for majors in the history of art.

ARHS 3380 Italian Renaissance Art

ARHS 3380 Italian Renaissance Art, Prof. Leslie Geddes, MTWRF 9:00am – 10:40am

Summer Session II: June 29–July 28


This course introduces students to the study of the visual culture of Renaissance Italy (1350–1600). By examining how artists, architects, critics, and patrons used and discussed artworks including paintings, prints, sculpture, and architecture, students explore themes such as the revival of antiquity, the study of nature, the training of the artist, the role of competition, and the public and private display of art.
* Both courses satisfy Tier-1 Writing Requirements, Aesthetics and Creative Arts, Global Perspectives, and Western Traditions
Bonus content:
A coordinated visit to the New Orleans Museum of Art and professional enhancement events:
"Curatorial Careers, What to Know Now" with Prof. Holly Flora
"Are You Considering Graduate School? What to Know Now" with Prof. Leslie Geddes

Professor Holly Flora offers ARHS 3910 Renaissance Italy, and ARHS 6000 Museum Education: An International Perspective in Tulane's unique program in Ferrara, Italy, a gorgeous city near Venice. These courses both fulfill the following requirements: Aesthetics & Creative Arts, Global Perspectives, Western Traditions, and Writing Tier-1. You can take both, or choose an art history class and a class in psychology or education.

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Ferrara, a beautiful city known for its Renaissance palaces and castles, is located in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, world famous for its cuisine. This summer abroad experience also offers a wealth of culture, community, and content. Students will have the option to choose two (3-credit hour) courses in Education, Art History, and Psychology. These courses focus on the Reggio Emilia Approach to Education, the growth and development of children and adolescents, and art appreciation in Italy. Reserve your space. Apply by February 17, 2020! Contact Dr. Shannon Blady for more information.

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Professor Michelle Foa teaches two courses in Tulane's 4-week summer program in Paris (July 4- August 2). Each class is a full 3-credit course, and almost all of the class meetings take place in the city, rather than in a classroom.


Paris is the best place in the world to learn about Impressionism! Not only does it have the largest and best collections of Impressionist works, but we’ll be able to see first-hand the many sites that the Impressionists depicted in their images. In this class, we will explore the work and careers of central Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists such as Degas, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, and others, by studying their works in person in museum collections and special exhibitions throughout the city. Some of the museums that we will visit are the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée de l’Orangerie, and the Musée Marmottan Monet. We will also take a trip to see Monet’s beautiful house, gardens, and water lily pond in Giverny.

 Art, Montmartre, and the Pleasures of Paris

This class will explore the various forms of pleasure and entertainment that were an essential part of Paris’s identity in the later 19th century and analyze different artists’ and writers’ representations of these Parisian pleasures. We’ll pay particular attention to the world of Montmartre, a center of the city’s pleasure industry and its modern art scene. We’ll study the work of some of the key artists of the period and visit some of the entertainment sites and activities that these artists featured in their work. Class outings will include visits to a Montmartre cabaret, the Montmartre Museum, later 19th-century artists' studios, the Eiffel Tower, the Museum of Fashion, and the Garnier Opera House, among activities.

Program-wide excursions include a 3-day trip through northern France, a visit to a chateau outside of Paris, and a dinner cruise down Paris’s Seine River, among others.

Please contact with any questions or for more information.


Did you know you can do an internship this summer that fulfills the Tier-2 Service Learning Requirement through the Art History department? Ask us how!