Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over test review for tomorrow. The student has a really good grasp of this material and I have high hopes for a good grade."
"We uncovered the independent aspects of 19th century diplomacy through other means with Otto Von Bismarck, German unification, and the Crimean War."
"Today, the student and I started with work from the High Renaissance, where he easily recognized different artists. He was more comfortable with sculptures than paintings, and he had some trouble with titles at first, but he remembered them through discussion of the content of the artworks. A lot of the Renaissance masters' works focus on biblical stories but have expanded beyond the life of Christ and the Virgin Mary. The titles are very literal, so I quickly ran through those he didn't recognize. He was noticeably more comfortable with Baroque and Rococo, styles which are usually more visually recognizable than verbally identifiable. He described changing treatments of light sources and asked specific and engaging questions regarding the terminology used to describe artists' aesthetics of the era, such as the distinction between chiaroscuro and tenebrism. Not only was he more familiar with work through the 17th and 18th centuries, but he was also more eager to share this information and sensitive to contextualizing each work within the scheme of Western art history. He easily recognized Italian and Spanish Baroque and seemed to enjoy Flemish masterworks, like Rembrandt and Vermeer. Of the movements we've reviewed, he most thoroughly and accurately remembered titles from the Baroque movement from all across Europe (Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Britain). We raced through the final five works from the beginning of the 19th century and the first appearances of Orientalism. Following Rococo, European artists began adopting, even appropriating Middle Eastern and Asian visual attributes into their work with increasing globalization. As these works lay the foundation for Modern Art interests and offshoots, I want him to understand how they act as a bridge from the previous centuries. We will discuss this at our next session."