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Art History - Mesopotamian 3500 b.c. – 539 b.c.

Mesopotamian (3500 b.c.–539 b.c.) Warrior art and narration in stone relief 
Standard of Ur, Gate of Ishtar, Stele of Hammurabi's CodeSumerians invent writing (3400 b.c.); Hammurabi writes his law code (1780 b.c.); Abraham founds monotheism

  • The art consisted of warrior art and stone relief work. These are slabs of clay that were used as architectural elements like wall facings. 

  • On these sculptures, there were names of rulers, sort of like hieroglyphic inscriptions. Many rulers that were carved into these slabs are on different monuments. 

  • These hieroglyphics show their right to rule and other matters like their power. 

  • There have also been examples of the carved pieces being used sort of like a timeline or a narrative scene. These were also used for tombs. 


Write 3-5 sentences on how you would describe this Art Movement.

Lecture & Vocabulary


material or technique an artist works in; also, the component of paint in which the pigment is dispersed.



(noun) - In art, "medium" refers to the substance the artist uses to create his or her artwork. For example, the medium Michelangelo used to create David was marble, Calder's stabiles employ painted steel plates and Duchamp's infamous Fountain had porcelain as its medium.


Dry media  - Media free of liquid

Wet media  - Media in a liquid state

Mixed media  - The use of more than one medium in artwork


Watercolor paints  - Paint that consists of transparent pigments in a medium of water


Traditional drawing media

Airbrush, Acrylic paint, Chalk, Charcoal (soft or hard), Coloured pencil, Conté, Crayon, Gouache, Graphite (can be pencils which are small or large sticks similar to charcoal), Human finger (with ink or paint), Marker, Oil paint, Pen and ink, Pencil, Sand, Tempera, Watercolor



preliminary drawing that lies under the final painted or inked image.



the preliminary coats of paint in a painting that render the basic outline before the final paint layers are added to complete the work.

Section 1 - Lecture 4Visual Communications Program
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Life Drawing & Still Life

Life drawing:

drawings of a human figure. Usually of nude figures so that the artist can understand how the muscles look and how light, tone and shadow reflect around the body.

Still life:

a painting or other two-dimensional work of art representing inanimate objects such as bottles, fruit, and flowers. Also, the arrangement of these objects from which a drawing, painting, or other art work is made.


a painting, photograph, or other artistic representation of a person.



a painting, drawing or photograph which depicts outdoor scenery. They typically include trees, streams, buildings, crops, mountains, wildlife, rivers and forests.

Section 1 Lecture 5Visual Communications Program
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Sign-Out Activity

S1 - Day Four - Careers In A&D - Photography

27-4021.00 - Photographers

Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

Sample of reported job titles: Advertising Photographer, Commercial Photographer, Newspaper Photographer, Owner/Photographer, Photo Editor, Photographer, Photojournalist, Portrait Photographer, Sports Photographer, Studio Owner

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Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education. _Most of the students graduating from the program _continue their education.


Steve Bross

Commercial Art Instructor


Central Montco Technical High School

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Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462


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