Art History Prehistory to the Renaissance

A clear concise history of art since Prehistory until the beginnings of the Italian Renaissance,
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Course Description

Whether you're looking for a way to pass a college class or just get a clear working idea of the who, what , when, where, and how of art I can help you out!

This is a clear concise series of Art History lectures that cover the major works of painting, sculpture, and architecture.  My lecture style is casual and clear.  I don't believe in using a lot of jargon or overcomplicated language. 

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 89 lectures and 28 hours of content!
  • Help you pass college.
  • Visit a museum or art gallery and know what you are talking about!
  • Impress your friends and lovers!
  • Pass any basic level art history class at the college level.

Curriculum

Section 1: Neolithic Cultures: Native American Neolithic Cultures and Prehistoric Europe
29:47

 


Reading: Getting Started
19 pages
2 Navajo Art
35:52
27 slides

 Transcript with pictures of the Anasazi video.

Art of the Northwest Coast of the Americas
54:38
4 Prehistoric Art
28:06
13 slides

 PDF Document with additional info.

Discussions
Text
Who is Kenney Mencher (your teacher)?
05:25
Section 2: Prehistoric Turkey and Historic Mesopotamia
Fertile Crescent 1
12:01
Fertile Crescent 2 Cuneiform
06:24
Fertile Crescent 3 Typical Examples
13:00
Fertile Crescent 4 Tomb Stuff Lady Puabi
10:40
Fertile Crescent 5 Kings Naram Sin And Hammurabi
12:59
Fertile Crescent 6 King Sargon
05:34
18 slides

  PDF Document with additional info.

Section 3: Neolithic China and the Early Dynasties
China Neolithic Era Banpo And Longshan
12:59
Early Dynastic Chinese Art Large Concepts
12:30
7 pages
PDF Document with additional info.
Early China Marquis Of Yi
07:21
Early China Shaman Riding A Dragon Silk Banner
05:54
20 slides

  PDF Document with additional info.

12 slides

  PDF Document with additional info.

Early Chinese Art Emperor Qin
08:53
2 slides

 A short story that relates to the symbols used on Lady Dai's Banner.

Early China The Han Dynasty Lady Dai
12:21
9 slides

  PDF Document with additional info.

11 slides

  PDF Document with additional info.

Section 4: Egyptian Art
Egypt And The Birth Of Egyptology
10:58
Egypt Geography History Mythology Part 1
15:00
Egypt Geography History Mythology Part 2 Narmer And His Palette
06:36
Egypt Snefru
13:42
Egypt Zoser
09:32
Egypt Snefru and his Three Pyramids
13:42
Egypt Pyramids At Giza
19:08
Egypt Akhenaton
15:23
Egypt Tut
26:37
17 slides

  PDF Document with additional info.

9 slides

  PDF Document with additional info.

15 slides

  PDF Document with additional info.

Section 5: Aegean Art And The Cyclades
Cycladic Art
12:05
Minoan Knossos
36:09
Mycenaen Cities
25:54
11:06

 One of the theories concerning the explosion or eruption at Santorini as being responsible for the destruction of Knossos seems to be false or questionable.  A more reliable theory, based on discoveries concerning the languages of Linear A and Linear B seems to support that Knossos changed hands around 1500 and the Mycenae may have taken over at this point.  I will be udating my videos soon to reflect this.

3 slides

PDF Document with additional info.

Minoan Art
14 slides
Mycenaen Cities
11 pages
Section 6: Greece
Ancient Greek Pottery
31:49
Greek Pottery
20 pages
Early Ancient Greek Sculpture Part 1
18:06
Early Ancient Greek Sculpture Part 2
14:07
Classical Greek Sculpture and Platonic Philosophy
24:13
Classical Greek Sculpture into the Late Hellenistic Phase
21:14
Classic Greek Qualities Symmetry Order and Architecture
09:37
The Nike Temple and Propylon
12:31
The Parthenon
32:25
The Erechtheion
06:06
Early Greek Sculpture and Architecture
12 pages
Ancient Greece During its "Classic" or "Golden Age" Focus on the city Athens and its Acropolis
Preview
15 pages
"The Acropolis" The Panathenaic Concept and Victory
15 pages
"The Acropolis" The Parthenon and its Sculptures
Preview
13 pages
"The Acropolis" The Erectheion and its Caryatids
3 pages
Sculpture during the "Golden Age of Perikles"
10 pages
Late Hellenistic Art
4 pages
Plato and the "Allegory of the Cave"
5 pages
Section 7: Rome
Roman Sculpture
19:49
The Ara Pacis
13:47
The Colosseum in Rome
12:27
The Pantheon
10:31
The Arch of Titus
09:39
Constantine's Basilica and Arch
21:47
Pompeii Art, Architecture and Decoration Part 1 of 2
26:22
Pompeii Art, Fresco and Bacchic Rites Part 2 of 2
16:22
Roman Art and Architecture: Classic Roman Period Art
14 pages
Pompeii
14 pages
Section 8: Mesoamerica
Olmec Art
17:34
Teotihuacan
20:54
Mayan Art, Numbers, Glyphs, Ball Game and The Popol Vuh
10:51
Mayan Art at Yaxchilan
09:32
Mayan Art at Palenque
11:27
Section 9: Early Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic Art
Roman Art into Early Christian Art
13:58
Byzantine Art Hagia Sofia
16:07
Byzantine Art at San Vitale
20:24
Islamic Art
30:48
Section 10: Romanesque and Gothic Art
Art During the Middle Ages
26:59
Romanesque Art
25:15
Gothic Art and Architecture
32:00
Late Gothic into the Proto Renaissance
Preview
27:22
Section 11: Look for my next class "Renaissance through Contemporary Art" that I'll be adding soon.
Online Text Book (Complete without Breaks) 600+ pages
Preview
278 pages

Instructor Biography

Professor Kenney Mencher , Professor Kenney Mencher Art Educator

Hi!  I'm Kenney Mencher.  I am a tenured full time professor of  Art and Art History at Ohlone College in Fremont.  My lecture style is casual and clear.  I don't believe in using a lot of jargon or overcomplicated language.  Here's the rest of the stuff you light like to know about me:



Resume: KENNEY MENCHER
kmencher@ohlone.edu
http://www.kenney-mencher.com/

EDUCATION
 

1993-1995 University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
MFA Painting

1991-1994 University of California, Davis, CA
MA Art History -Thesis Title:
"Vampires, the Audiences they Consume."

1988-1991 City University of New York, Bronx, NY
Magna Cum Laude; BA Art History

1985-1986 University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
& Spring 1988

1981-1985 Art Students' League, Manhattan, NY

1978-1982 Art & Design High School, Manhattan, NY


EMPLOYMENT
 

1999-Present Associate Professor of Art & Art History, Ohlone College, Fremont, California

1998-1999 Instructor of Art History & Western Civilization, San Francisco University High School

1996-1998 Assistant Professor of Art & Art History, Texas A&M University, Laredo, TX

1995-1996 Curator of Visual Resources, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1995-1996 Adjunct Instructor, University of Chicago, IL

EXHIBITIONS: Solo and Two Person 2012 Ohlone College, Fremont CA
Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Istallation  and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist.
(Solo)

2012 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento CA
Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Istallation  and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist.
(Solo)

2012 Santa Clara University, Santa Clara CA
Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Istallation  and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist.
(Solo)

2012 Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos CA 
Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Istallation  and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist.
(Solo)

2011 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Istallation  and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist.
(Solo)

2009 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
In Black and White: Monochromatic Paintings by Kenney Mencher and Caroline Meyer

2009 Dahlia Woods Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Cool Shades, Kenney Mencher and Linda Sheets

2008 Art Museum of Los Gatos, California Sex, Politics and Misogyny Peter Langenbach and Kenney Mencher

2008 Sequential Art Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Cads and Coquettes
(Solo)

2008 Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, California
Lovers and Liars
(Solo)

2007 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Faces and Farces
(Solo)

2007 Dahlia Woods Gallery, Dallas, Texas
The Return of the Maltese Falcon
(Solo)

2007 Gallery 2611, Redwood City, California
Clichés and Characters
(Solo)

2006 Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Kenney Mencher: Recent Work
(Solo)

2006 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Apperceptions and Allegories
(Solo)

2006 Norton Studio Gallery, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
Being There
(Solo)

2006  Esteban Sabar Gallery, Oakland, CA
Similes and Sayings
(Solo Show)

2006  Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA
Mixed Metaphors
(Solo Show)

2005  Dig Fine Art, Providence, RI
Clichés & Proverbs
(Solo Show)

2005 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Hamlettes on Wry
(Solo Show)

2005 Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View, CA
(Solo Show)

2004 Louie-Meager Art Gallery, Gary Soren Smith Center, Ohlone College, CA
Dress Code
(Solo Show)

2004  STRS Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2002  Louie Art Gallery, Ohlone College,  Fremont, CA
Too Knew: Kathryn Frank and Kenney Mencher

2001  Craighead-Green, Dallas, TX
Kenney Mencher and Connie Connally

1997 Laredo Community College, Laredo, TX
Art Department Teaching Gallery
Relationships
(Solo Show)

1997 Laredo Center for the Arts, Laredo, TX
Noir Images
(Solo Show)

1994 Brody Gallery, University of Cincinnati, OH
Androgynous Paintings of V.
(Solo Show)

1993 Garden Gallery, Sacramento, CA
California Landscapes
(Solo Show)


EXHIBITIONS: GROUP

2011 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
The Men's Room

2010 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA 
Go Figure

2010 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, California, 
Resurgence

2008 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, 
California Figurative Works by Gallery and Guest Artists

2007 Klaudia Marr, Santa Fe, NM 14th 
14th Annual Realism Invitational 2007

2006 Klaudia Marr, Santa Fe, NM
 13th Annual Realism Invitational

2006  Triton Art Museum, Santa Clara, CA
Beyond the Likeness: Self Portraits by California Artists

2006 Isadore Gallery, Lancaster, PA
The Go Figure Show: Artistic Interpretation of Figure Elements

2005 Klaudia Marr, Santa Fe, NM
 12th Annual Realism Invitational

2005  Blue Line Gallery, Atlanta, GA
 Grand Opening Group Show

2004 Craighead-Green, Dallas, TX

2004  Red Ink Studio, San Jose, CA

2003 Hang Gallery Palo Alto, CA
One More Thing Before I Go

2003 Hang Gallery San Francisco, CA
Can't Sleep

2002  Hang Gallery San Francisco, CA
Small Works

2002 The Canvas Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The View from Here: Anna Conti, Joel Tarbox and Kenney Mencher

2002 Period Gallery, Omaha, NE
Painting

2002 Period Gallery, Omaha, NE
Faces
2001 Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas TX
Connie Connaly and Kenney Mencher

2001 Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Figurative Show

2000 Bryant Gallery, Jackson, MI
Works on Consignment

2000 Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Small Works

2000 Hanson Gallery, Knoxsville, TN
Faces and Figures

1999 Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
First Annual Realism Invitational

1999 Craighead/Green Gallery, Dallas TX
Consignment Works

1999 Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Anniversary Group Exhibition

1998 Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Small Works

1998 Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Nancy Switzer, Milt Kobayashi, and Kenney Mencher

1998 Craighead/Green Gallery, Dallas TX
Consignment Works

1998 Craighead/Green Gallery, Dallas TX
Michael Magovoro and Kenney Mencher

1998 Primary Object Gallery, San Antonio, TX

1996 Martin Rathburn Gallery, San Antonio, TX
Ron Hoover, Katie Pell and Kenney Mencher

1995 Tangeman Center Gallery, University of Cincinnati, OH
Thesis Exhibit

1994 Mason Fine Art Gallery, Mason, OH
Jan Brown Checco, Ken Landon Buck,
Irwin Greenburg, and Kenney Mencher

1994 KZF Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Manmade and Natural Landscapes

1994 Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY
Consignment Artists Show

1994 Semantics Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Burrell, Simmons, & Mencher

1994 840 Gallery, University of Cincinnati, OH
The Innocent Eye Test

1993 Davis Art Center, Davis, CA

1992 Images Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1990 The National Arts Club, Manhattan, NY
Fifteenth Annual Student Exhibition
Honorable Mention

1986 Arts Consortium Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Monumental Still Life Drawings

1986 Chidlaw Gallery, Art Academy, Cincinnati, OH
Show in honor of scholarship recipients


LECTURES & PAPERS DELIVERED
 

2006 Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
The Figurative Tradition and Realism

2003 Hang Gallery San Francisco, CA
Can't Sleep

2002 Hang Gallery
Painting

1999 Guest Lecturer, Sacred Heart High School
St. Peter's Cathedral

1999 Guest Lecturer, Sacred Heart High School
Constantine and Early Christianity

1998 Guest Lecturer, Sacred Heart High School
Monasticism/Scholasticism/Catholicism

1997 Laredo Rotary
Pompeii as an Artifact of Civic Pride

1996 Guest Lecturer, Classics Week, Texas A&M University,
"A Brief Tour of the Acropolis"

1993 Guest lecturer, University of California, Davis, CA
"Mannerism and Architecture"

1992 Guest lecturer, University of California, Davis, CA
"Art as Ideology"


AWARDS
 

1993-1995 Full Tuition Scholarship, University of Cincinnati OH

1991 Departmental Honors:Art, Lehman College, Bronx, NY

1991 Geldwerth Scholarship, Lehman College, Bronx, NY

1990 Jacob Hammer Memorial Award in Playwriting

English Dept. Lehman College, Bronx, NY

1990 Raymond J. Sontag Prize History Dept. Lehman College, Bronx, NY

1986 Tuition Scholarship, Cincinnati Art Academy, OH


THINGS IN PRINT

"Renovated Reputations Paintings and Fiction Painted and edited by Kenney Mencher" by Joshua Rose,  American Art Collector February 2012

Kenney Mencher Renovates Reputations at the Art Museum of Los Gatos
KQED By Ben Marks | Dec 12, 2011 

Shotgun Review Kenney Mencher and Carolyn Meyer: in BLACK and WHITE by Mary Anne Kluth Arthaus (Editor's Note: This review was originally intended for publication in Artweek.) July 18, 2009

ILLUSTRATIONS Jonathan Woods, Bad Juju and other Tales of Madness and Mayhem, (New Pulp Press) 2010 Cover Design and Illustration

Dave Zeltserman,  21 Tales from the Modern Master of Noir, (New Pulp Press) 2010 Cover Design and Illustration 

Gil Brewer, Flight to Darkness, (New Pulp Press) 2010 Cover Design and Illustration

Hannah Gerber, How to Grow Up and other Poems, (Outskirts Press, Denver CO) 2007 Cover Illustration


COLLECTIONS

Josh Kornbluth, San Francisco

Howard Tullman, Chicago

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Lester and Eileen Traub, Los Angeles, CA

Founder's Title & Trust, Sacramento, California

Mary Kissler, Curator of Print, Art Museum of Auckland, New Zealand

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    • Jim Gross

    Would love to write a review

    I would love to write a review, but can not access the videos on a regular basis. I get the sound only on download. When trying to get help from support am unable to contact. Very frustrated!

    • Joshua Hummer

    Great Teacher!!

    I took his class a year ago and he is the best teacher I have had hands down. He is very interactive with his students and helps those who have an interest in his class.he makes class exciting and knows how to play around and knows when it's time for a break.

    • CHRIS MOSIER

    Wow.

    Talk about comprehensive... I learned so much!

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