The Art and History of the Celts

ART 230: The Art and History of the Celts
September 6, 11, 13, 20, 2017
6-8 p.m. Stevenson Center Room 1100
September 15-17, 2017
Michigan Irish Music Festival
Heritage Landing

This one-credit hour/two-contact hour course, taught by MCC Art Instructor Tim Norris with guest presenters, Michael Johnson and Peggy Hennelly-Maniates, includes a REQUIRED experiential learning excursion to the Michigan Irish Music Festival in Muskegon on Saturday-Sunday, Sept.16-17, 2017.

book of kells

The Books of Kells

Non-Credit Community Lecture Series Option

The course will also be presented as a non-credit community lecture series in partnership the Michigan Irish Music Festival. The lecture series is free of charge. Reduced ticket prices for lecture series participants at the Michigan Irish Music Festival. Call the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231)777-0324 to register.

Lecture Schedule

Wednesday, Sept. 6 The Rise of the Celts and the Birth of Their Art
Monday,  Sept. 11 What Makes Celtic Art “Celtic?” and  How the Irish Saved Civilization
Wednesday, Sept. 13 The Book of Kells and Celtic Mythology
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-17 Michigan Irish Music Festival
Wednesday, Sept. 20 Celti-Pop: Celtic Culture Meets Popular Culture
Celtic Cross, Cashel, Ireland

Celtic Cross, Cashel, Ireland

Where and when did Celtic art and culture originate?  Even though the ancient Celts left no written record of their existence, their art proves they were a dynamic and sophisticated society.  They were distinct from their Greek and Roman contemporaries, yet equal to and, even for a time, superior to their so-called civilized neighbors.  As Christianity entered Celtic lands during the medieval period, the ancient art traditions adapted to become one of the most popular and longest surviving styles of art in the world today.

This course will address such questions as:

  • Who are the Celts?
  • What traits make their art significant?
  • How has Celtic art and culture changed over time?
  • How does their art reflect their unique spiritual beliefs and traditions?
  • What vestiges of Celtic culture have survived to this day?
  • What was Ireland’s distinctive role in preserving this heritage?

This course will also examine how art and history is interpreted and presented through contemporary festivals, tourism, and popular culture.

For more information, contact Tim Norris at (231) 777-0344 or