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Deborah Caplow
BIS 383
Bothell Campus

American Art and Architecture

Explores major trends in American art comprising painting, sculpture, architecture, urban design, and the decorative arts from 1600 to present.

Class description

American Art and Architecture, Winter 2014 We will explore the major issues, achievements and movements in American art from its beginnings to the present, studying the dramatic changes that occurred in American art, history and culture during this time. Issues of gender, class and race will be very important in this course. Examining relevant themes and issues in a historical and conceptual context, we will be focusing on painting, sculpture, architecture and photography.

Student learning goals

Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the development of American art and artistic movements.

Through discussion and analysis students will learn to recognize the major artists of the time periods addressed and learn to examine the creative production, societal roles and art historical critiques of American artists and art movements.

Students will develop the ability to make their own art in response to direct observation and research about historically significant artists.

The course will provide an in-depth understanding of general movements in art history, including European and Mexican art, to provide a wider context for the course material.

Students will acquire skills in research, writing and critical thinking through reading and written assignments, including term papers and essay exams.

Students will acquire skills presenting their research to the class through an end-of-term presentation of their research papers.

General method of instruction

The course format will be lecture and discussion, with writing assignments, a research-based art project with a paper, and tests.

Recommended preparation

Strong interest in art history and American art and culture required. BIS 209, Engaging Visual Art highly useful.

Class assignments and grading

Grading will be based on writing assignments, art projuects, quizzes and class participation.

Textbook: American Art: A Cultural History, by David Bjelajac

Class participation, written assignments, art project, tests


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Deborah Caplow
Date: 10/11/2013