American Art and Architecture
Art 103/Amst 103
Daily 10:30-11:20 a.m. Room B104
“The good building makes the landscape more beautiful than it was before the building was built” Frank Lloyd Wright
Instructor: Robin Bentley
Office hours: After class
(425) 564-2632 ext. 6
To access course materials:
To develop an appreciation of art and architecture from
To work towards an answer to the question: What is American about American art?
To communicate ideas in an articulate way both in written form and in class discussions.
certain technological innovations of the 19th and 20th
centuries and describe how they have changed architecture and industrial
select American artworks and describe the impact American culture as a whole had
select examples of American art and architecture and describe the impact they
had on the culture at large.
certain American design styles of the past 150 years (as seen in selected
visual images) and list characteristics of each style.
works and list characteristics of select artists, designers and architects
studied in the course.
art and architectural terms provided on a list.
an actual building and describe various parts and details using the
architectural vocabulary you have learned.
In a class like this (complex subject matter, lots of students of varying abilities, experience, etc.) there are many ways to learn, some better than others, depending on your learning style. Are you hands-on, technically literate, a visual learner, a photographic whiz, or a marketing genius? How about a ham who loves public speaking? Everybody has at least one special talent and I intend to use them all in this class. As they always say, you get out of a class what you put into it. By becoming involved in the running of the class the payoff isn’t monetary, but the rewards will be high. Stay tuned!
Midterm=1/3 of grade
One Research Paper =1/3 of grade
Final Exam (non-comprehensive—covers material after the midterm)=1/3 of grade
Both Midterm and Final are 50% subjective (essay) and 50% objective (slide ID)
The Research Paper/Presentation
8-10 page typed, double-spaced paper due at time of presentation. Include a brief overview of the artist’s life and his/her major works. You might then focus in on one or two characteristic works or perhaps demonstrate how your artist’s works changed or matured during his/her life.
Prepare to present this to the class using slides, powerpoint or presentation boards. For our purposes, it should be someone from the last ten years. This enables you to practice formulating your own opinions: we still don’t know everything there is to know about the particular period we’re living through. Start exploring as soon as possible for your architect or artist. Choose one you’ve never heard of but whose work intrigues you. I want you to be absolutely passionate about your subject.
Your presentation/paper should be a great balance between visual and verbal ideas. Graphics and good writing are both given equal weight. Must be appropriately footnoted with bibliography as described in Sylvan Barnet book on reserve at the library. Biblio must contain at least three sources, excluding our textbook
Proofread. Number pages. Number pictures or photocopies and place them at the end before the Bibliography. Proofread.
Sign up for a presentation time when you’ve decided on your subject. Presentations will last 15 minutes and will be scheduled during the last six weeks of class, usually on a Thursday/Friday. The sooner you decide, the better!
Available in bookstore or on reserve at BCC Library:
Required: Wayne Craven, American Art: History and Culture, Abrams, 1994
Contains glossary, excellent bibliography in the back
Recommended: Barnet, Sylvan, A Short Guide to Writing About Art
7a.m to Monday through Thursday
Reference desk (425)564-6161
Week 1 Introduction to American Art and Architecture
Week 2 The
Craven chapters 1, 19
Week 3 Colonial and Federal,
Craven, chapters 2,3, 4, 7, 8, 10,11
John Singleton Copley
Week 4 Landscape Painting, Gothic Revival and the Age of Romanticism
Craven, chapters 13, 15, 16
Thomas B. Cole
Asher B. Durand/Frederic Edwin Church
John Frederick Kensett
Craven, chapters 20, 21, 23, 24, 27
John Singer Sargent
Craven, chapters 22, 27, 33
Greene and Greene
Richard Neutra/Albert Frey
Week 7 Early Modernism:Art Deco, Realism and Regionalism
Craven, chapters 28, 29, 30
Week 8 Photography and Design
Craven, chapters 6,9,17,25,31, 35
Week 9 Modern Art, Postmodern Architecture and Deconstructivism
Craven, chapters 33, 34, 36
Week 10 Abstract Expressionism, Northwest
Craven, chapter 36,37, 39, 40
Final Exam: Monday June 5
BCC Grading Policies:
Consistent mastery of learning outcomes for the course and ability to interpret, integrate and apply learning outcomes beyond the context of the course; consistent leadership in class participation activities, and consistently exceeds requirements in new, unique or creative ways.
High level of competence, regular contributions to class participation activities and completion of work assignments that consistently meet most requirements.
Completion of work assignments that satisfy minimum requirements for the course and class participation activities.
Minimum competence, completion of work assignments that usually meet minimum requirements and contribution to class participation is inconsistent or infrequent.
F =Unsatisfactory Achievement
Submission of work assignments that frequently do not meet minimum requirements or does not complete assigned work and does not satisfy minimum requirements for attendance or contribution to class activities.
N is a grade not counted for credit or grade point average. A student must declare his/her intention to audit a course within the first ten days of a quarter by filing the required petition in the Registration Office.
An I will be posted to a transcript when submitted by the instructor with a contractual form which specifically indicates the work the student must complete to make up the deficiency and the date by which the deficiency must be resolved. The student is responsible for requesting the I grade and for demonstrating why the I is appropriate. Granting the request is the prerogative of the instructor. Both student and instructor must sign the contract. Work for the course must be completed by the end of the next quarter.
WA State Attorney General’s ruling on attendance:
10 absences or 20% of a course may equal an automatic failure in the course.
During Fall, Winter and Spring quarters, withdrawals are recorded as follows:
Through the tenth day of the quarter, the dropped course does not become part of the transcript record . The instructor’s signature is not required.
After the tenth school day and through the end of the seventh week of the quarter, the grade “W” will become part of the student’s transcript record regardless of grade status at this time. The instructor’s signature is not required.
No official withdrawal will be permitted after the start of the eighth week of the quarter.
HW is a grade assigned by the instructor and indicates extenuating circumstances occurred after the official withdrawal period is over. The student may contact the instructor to request this withdrawal option, or the faculty member may initiate the contact. The instructor considers the request and assigns the HW during grade submissions. No points are calculated into the grade point average.
Support Services Available:
Students with disabilities who have accommodation needs are required to meet with the Director of Disability Support Services to establish their eligibility for accommodation. Room B132 (check)
Telephone: (425)564-2498 or
In addition, students are encouraged to review their accommodation requirements with each instructor during the first week of the quarter.