Subject: American Art History
1. Topic-
How American public art and popular visual media have been used to express the American spirit throughout its history.
2. Content-
Defining American identity through various media, such as architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, textile design and use of graphic designs.
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. Expand students understanding and appreciation of public art and popular visual media.
2. Teach students the importance of the many iconic America symbols we see everyday and their relevance to our daily lives.
3. Introduce fun facts and activities that will interest the students.
4. Objectives-
1. Students will be more knowledgeable on American history and identity.
2. Art as a major theme in American culture will be better understood and appreciated
3. By the end of the course, students will leave confident in their knowledge in popular iconic American art history.
5. Materials and Aids-
Timelines, cross word puzzles, word searches, handouts, maps, diagrams, graphs,quizzes and study guides will all be provided by the teacher in paper form.

All paperwork will be provided at the beginning of the term and will not be replaced if lost.

A 3-inch binder will be required to hold any information given. Be sure not to lose this!

Bring pen/pencil and a notebook to every class.
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

Who and what is America? What defines us as a nation? What is the first thing you think of when you hear "the United States of America"? Is is the American flag? The Statue of Liberty? Mount Rushmore? or maybe it's even the idea of freedom that comes to mind. A lot of these iconic figures that stand out in our minds in terms of American identity are all related back to art. Art in American society has played an important role in defining American symbols and images. Over the course of the semester we will be looking at the many public and popular art works that have influenced and promoted our nation as one of the greats!

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