American Art and Architecture – ARTS 213

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Focusing on painting and sculpture in the United States, this course offers a survey of American art from the colonial settlements to the early 20th century. The unique social, political, and intellectual contexts of American art provide the basis for understanding the history and art of our own culture.

Prerequisites: None


America has a distinct culture from other Western countries. It has been influenced by pre-Columbian cultures, colonization, the founding of the United States, and a rich history of immigration from past to present. This “melting pot of ideas” has produced a distinctly American culture, which has gone from back-water mimic to artistic world-leader. To understand the distinctives of American art, one must understand how this culture came to be.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify particular works of art according to artist, style, period, and influences.
  2. Summarize the nuances of philosophy, theology, and politics in various periods.
  3. Differentiate particular works of art and their creation according to artist and period.
  4. Critically analyze the cultural relationships of the periods.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. You must support your assertions with at least 1 scholarly source in current MLA format. Acceptable sources include the textbook, the Bible, other course materials, reputable websites, scholarly publications, and books. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. Any sources included in the replies must be cited in current MLA format.

Virtual Exhibition Projects (2)

The student will compose a thematic exhibition of various artworks studied in this course using the free online presentation tool, Prezi.

Visual Analyses (2)

The student will complete interactive activities that allow him/her to explore a visual analysis of the selected artworks.

Virtual Tours and Journal Entries (4)

The student will complete virtual tours through various museums and historic locations. The student will reflect on each virtual tour via a journal entry of at least 400 words and contain at least 1 citation, in current MLA format, that is not the Bible, a textbook, or the tour website.

Sequence Analyses (2)

The student will complete interactive activities that allow him/her to explore linear concepts within the content.

Card Matching Games (2)

The student will participate in interactive study games to reinforce his/her familiarity with the content.

Case Study Project

The student will conduct a case study comprised of a presentation with a minimum of 10 slides. Each slide will contain at least 1 image and a description of at least 200 words in the notes section.

Reading Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice questions, and have a 25-minute time limit.