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ART 103 American Art & Architecture • 5 Cr.

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Description:

Compares five regions of the U.S., emphasizing the cultural diversity that has influenced the art and architecture of each.

Outcomes:

After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Given tools to work with, explain how to describe and analyze a work of art.
  • Given tools to work with, "read" a work of architecture.
  • Identify select styles of American architecture from colonial times through the 19th Century.
  • Explain the physical, ecological and religious aspects of dwellings of Native Americans of the Southwest. Identify these in select images provided.
  • Identify select crafts of Native Americans and briefly explain construction and symbolism of them.
  • Explain Spanish styles of architecture brought to the "New World" and tell how they adapted these to new environs and culture. Identify these in select images provided.
  • Explain characteristics of English colonial architecture in New England and Virginia. They will explain how the two styles differ and how and why each was developed the way it was in their respective locales. Identify these in select images provided.
  • Explain characteristics of Shaker architecture and design and tell how their religious beliefs and life style related to their design philosophy. Identify these in select images provided.
  • Explain characteristics of French colonial architecture along the Mississippi River basin and tell how geography, climate and new materials changed the design of it. Identify these in select images provided.
  • Explain the origin of the Cajun and Shotgun house as seen in the Mississippi River basin area. Identify these in select images provided.
  • Explain how African architectural influences (that came up from the Caribbean) reshaped American architecture.
  • Explain the origins and technical aspects of balloon frame house construction and the influence it has had on American housing and cities. Identify it in select images provided.
  • Explain the influence Catherine Beecher had on the American house.
  • Explain the origins and technical aspects of the steel skeletal frame building and the influence it has had on world architecture and cities. Identify it in select images provided.
  • Explain and analyze select works by Midwest regional painters of the early part of the 20th Century and relate their styles to the region to which they were associated. Identify these in select images provided.
  • Explain the technology and symbolism used by Northwest Coast Native Americans in their dwellings. Identify these in select images provided.
  • Explain how the Japanese aesthetic has influenced Northwest landscaping.
  • Explain stylistically, the works of select Northwest architects of the 20th Century. Identify these in select images provided.
  • Explain stylistically select Northwest painters and tell how each style relates to the region. Identify these in select images provided
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