I took the opportunity to discuss Western art and Non-Western art as the students are beginning to form ideas for their final paintings this week. We discussed the similarities and the differences in the reasons why people of Western and Non Western countries make art, what informs the two different types of art, and the styles that set them apart from each other. We discussed common themes as well as differences in medium and intention. The students will be combining western style and non western subject matter  in their final paintings. From what I have seen through their thumbnail sketches, these paintings are going to turn out very well!

Enjoy this little video, which shows 500 years of female portraits in Western art.