Art Nouveau Lesson Plan
This course will introduce students to the international Art Nouveau movement of the last decades of the nineteenth and first decades of the twentieth century. This period is marked by acceleration in the global exchange and circulation of ideas, materials, forms, techniques, and individuals. Starting with the principles of the design reform movements of the mid-nineteenth century, this course will look at the development of new ideas about relationships between art, design, technology, and culture as part of the search for “a new style for a new age.” This search for new solutions laid the foundations for the modern movements of the twentieth century, as designers grappled with the challenges of rapid social, political, and technological change. We will look at voices from the period and a range of case studies to explore the complex impulses, anxieties, and hopes for the future that shaped design around 1900.