Catalogue 2021 - 2022

ART 205 American Art


3 cr.

Course Description

American art both reflects and influences the culture in which it is created. This course will analyze the evolution of major American artists, art movements, styles, and artistic elements from the 18th century to the present and their connections to the cultural ideas of the time. Iconic works of American painting, sculpture, photography and architecture will be visually “read,” analyzed, and discussed. In addition to contextual analysis, this class will include formal visual analysis techniques to look at and discuss a work of art using standard art methods of analysis and art terminology. Selected readings, and required museum visit and WNE art gallery talk will supplement the visual analysis to highlight the connection between the art and the cultural context of the period. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to identify key art genres, movements, and artists in American culture, discern the stylistic characteristics of various periods, and explain the cultural context for a variety of iconic images that continue to shape our world today.


This course aligns with the Aesthetic Perspective of the General University Requirements. Successful completion of this course will fulfill the Aesthetic Perspective.


every other year.