How to Learn Art History in 2015! Art History Challenge

Hey Guys! It’s a new year, and you know what that means: New Years resolutions! People always ask how to learn art history - You don't really know where to start, or what you need to do. This year, I want to share my idea of how to learn more art history throughout the year.

While I really enjoy learning more about modern art history, it can be hard for me to expose myself to new material that I don’t know much about. I am definitely not an expert on everything art-related, as much as I would like for that to be true.

So my new years resolution is to learn more art history. Obviously I’m not going to learn everything in a year, but I got start somewhere, right?

Here’s my game plan and challenge to myself, and it would be really cool if anyone wanted to challenge themselves as well! Here's my tips to learn art history this year:

  1. Set the parameters:
    1. Be really specific about what you want to accomplish and how you plan to achieve it.
      1. Make a list of everything you want to study, and have a step-by-step plan of what you are going to achieve every month.
        1. Do you want to study specific movements or periods of art? Certain artists or pieces of art works you want to know more about?
        2. Will you go to the library? Write a journal entry summarizing what you learned? Is it watching a YouTube video (wink, wink)?
    2. Break up for goal into smaller, more achievable tasks and make a schedule for yourself.
      1. Mark it in your planner, or pick a date that’s easy for you to remember, like the 1st for each month. Put it somewhere you will see to visually remind yourself to actually do it.
For me, I want to learn more about the great masters - I never really had a chance to take any sort of renaissance art history class (I know, that’s insane, but in my defense I was really into modern art), and I feel that is a really obvious gap in my art history knowledge. So, My plan is to make a list of 12 painters I want to learn more about, and each month I will draw one at random, research them, and make a blog post about my learnings. How to learn art history. 2015 Art History Challenge! How to learn art history. 2015 Art History Challenge! Planning out exactly what I’m going to do and at a reasonable cadence will make it a lot easier for me to break up a more ambitious goal to smaller and easily achievable tasks. I won’t be overwhelmed about where to start or just read about it once and forget about it a week later. Of course, you might already be a renaissance expert and want to learn more about different movements, or get to know surrealist artists really well. You should change the list to whatever you want to learn about. What do think? are you up for the challenge? If you are, definitely let me know what’s on your “to learn” list. If you would like some ideas, I've made 4 lists you can pick and choose from. Click the link to download a PDF to print out:
  1. Renaissance (which I am doing!)
  2. ModernContemporaryArtists
  3. ArtPeriodsMovements
  4. FamousArtWorks
Happy New Year & Good luck with all your resolutions!
I'd love to hear if you decide to do this too :)


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