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ART-412-20, Explorations in American Painting (FA15)

INSTRUCTOR: Domenico Firmani        

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T1/Mondays/6:00-8:45 pm, 08/31/2015-10/16/2015

CONTENT: 

An examination of painting in the United States from Colonial times to the 1970's.  The relationship of American painting to European styles will be a major concern.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

1. Learn the major painting styles and artistic personalities in American art.

2. Understand the relationship of American painting to the major painting movements in Europe.

3. Deal with the question: What constitutes an 'American' painting.

4. How is Modernism represented in American painting.

METHODS:

1. Class room slide lectures on basic concepts.  Student participation.

2. Reading assignments.

ASSIGNMENTS AND REQUIREMENTS:

1. Readings in assigned text.

2. In-class Formal Analysis by student of a painting. - 5%

3. Research paper. - 45%                

4. Quiz and final exam. - 5% & 45%     

REQUIRED TEXT: 

Craven, Wayne. American Art: History and Culture. McGraw Hill, revised 1st ed., 2003.

OTHER MATERIALS REQUIRED:

None

RECOMMENDED READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Members of the class should read the sections dealing with painting in chapters 3, 5, 7 in Craven’s American Art.