American Art (saylor.org)

American Art (saylor.org)
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Have completed "Introduction to Western Art History: Pre-historic to High Gothic". It is strongly recommended that you complete "Introduction to Western Art History: Proto-Renaissance to Contemporary Art" prior to taking this course.
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American Art (saylor.org)
This course surveys art of America from the colonial era through the post-war 20th century. We will consider broad stylistic tendencies in various regions and periods and examine specific artists and works of art in historical and social contexts, with emphasis on the congruent evolution of contemporary American multi-cultural identity.

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We will move chronologically, more or less, with many overlaps and cross-chronological, thematic diversions that will help shape this overview and offer different perspectives on the notion of an “American art,” per se.

Overarching issues that have interested major scholars of American art and its purview include the landscape (wilderness, Manifest Destiny, rural settlement, and urban development); the family and gender roles; the founding rhetoric of freedom and antebellum slavery; and notions of artistic modernism through the 20th century. A background in the basic concepts and terms of art history and art practice, and/or American studies in other disciplines, will be helpful in fully engaging the course material.

At the end of this syllabus, you will find a worksheet for general reference in studying art and a list of web resources frequently noted below, as well as several additional sites you can use to look up terms (including those bold-faced below), images, artists, and styles. To comply with all copyright laws, do not save any downloads accessed for your personal viewing through websites assigned below.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Understand the historical (geographic, political) formation of the present United States of America;

Be familiar with renowned influential American artists from the 18th through the 20th century;

Be conversant in common stylistic designations used in Western art of the 17th through 20th centuries;

Recognize subjects and forms in “American” art through history that mark its distinction;

Be able to engage specific images, objects, and structures from different critical perspectives to consider their functions and meanings

Requirements: Have completed Introduction to Western Art History: Pre-historic to High Gothic. It is strongly recommended that you complete Introduction to Western Art History: Proto-Renaissance to Contemporary Art prior to taking this course.



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Free Course
Have completed "Introduction to Western Art History: Pre-historic to High Gothic". It is strongly recommended that you complete "Introduction to Western Art History: Proto-Renaissance to Contemporary Art" prior to taking this course.

MOOC List is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.