Explore the art and architecture of the United States, from pre-colonial Native American arts to the present. The course will begin with an examination of the art making of the indigenous people of North America, looking at several traditions, use of materials, and significant settlements. The course will then explore the dialogue between the work of American-born artists and British and European academic traditions within a transatlantic context, considering the impact of political, social, and economic factors. Finally, we will explore the development of "American Art" of the nineteenth and twentieth century, considering factors such the ideology of nationalism, political division, the legacy of slavery, and the impact of industrialization and modernism. We will conclude with work by living American artists, and how they communicate visually within a global context.We will also discuss the challenges facing artists, museums and galleries moving forward in our present COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 world. Students will participate in zoom lessons and discussions, complete independent and group projects, and curate a final "virtual exhibition" employing best museum practices.
Grades: Rising grades 9-12
Dates: June 22 - July 17 (no class July 3), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Sarah Powers
*½ credit may be applied to graduation credit but not applied to studio progression toward Advanced Art