This course will be delivered in Canvas.

None TEXTBOOKS (Visit the Art 118 Book link in the Course Schedule for more information)
Wayne Craven, American Art: History and Culture (new or used, current or earlier edition)
Sylvan Barnet, A Short Guide to Writing About Art (new or used, current or earlier edition) Both are available at the City College of San Francisco Bookstore (new window), as well as through the publishers or online vendors. MAJOR LEARNING OUTCOMES
  1. Identify and analyze the formal visual elements and techniques of individual works of art in different media.
  2. Define the various styles of American Art, and demonstrate the ability to compare and contrast stylistic aspects and trends.
  3. Evaluate works of art in relation to the sociological, religious, historical, and cultural context in which they were created.
  4. Identify individual works of art and architecture by pivotal American artists.
  5. Summarize and distinguish the concepts that define the American visual tradition, and demonstrate the ability to discuss and assess these concepts contextually.
This is an Online Course: Navigate to Canvas for general information. There is a link to Canvas on MyCCSF.

Important Student CCSFmail Account Information 

City College will only use student CCSFmail accounts for official messages. An account has been created for you. If you lost your password or need to reset it you may do so in your WebStars account. IMPORTANT: If you rarely check your CCSFmail, please set up forwarding. Otherwise you will miss important emails from the college and from me. You are responsible for receiving and responding to these messages in a timely manner.

Things to Do (after enrolling in the course)

  1. Contact meYou must contact me by email in order for you to receive important course information. If you have not emailed me by the deadline above, you may be dropped and replaced by another student on a waitlist. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
  2. Log in on the first day of the semester or by 48 (weekday) hours after you add the class. The course will be available the first day of the semester. You must log in at Canvas on the first day (please contact me if you experience technical problems or if you are unable to log on for any reason). 

Important to Note

  • This course is entirely online. There are no on-campus sessions.  However, one or more assignments will require that you visit the de Young Museum in San Francisco (or other American art collection in your local region if you do not reside in the San Francisco Bay Area).  Museum visits will be scheduled at your convenience.  I will provide more information about this after you enroll.
  • The course content will not be available until the first week of the semester.
  • After the course start date, I will release new content each week, with assignments due at the end of most weeks.
  • This is NOT a self-paced course.
  • The Orientation for this course is online content that will be available for you to read during Week One of the course. You are not required to come to campus for this course.

Online Course Information

General information is available now on the Canvas (available through a link on MyCCSF--claim your RAM ID there, which you will use to log in to Canvas) main page, but you will not be able to log in to the course before the first day of the semester. CCSF will email login information to your CCSF Gmail address by the first day of the semester.

Additional Information on Learning Online

I strongly recommend that you visit CCSF Distance Education (new window) to prepare for learning online.  There you will find information on:

  • Minimum hardware and software requirements
  • FAQs about distance learning
  • Links to DSPS and CCSF resources
  • A short self-evaluation that you can use to decide if online learning is right for you

Important Information for Online Students with Disabilities

Students who need academic accommodations should request them from the (new window) Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) located in the Rosenberg Library, Room 323, on the Ocean Campus. Telephone: 415-452-5481 (V) 415-452-5451 (TDD). DSPS is the campus office responsible for verifying disability-related need for academic accommodations, assessing that need, and planning accommodations in cooperation with students and instructors as needed and consistent with course requirements.

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LINKS TO LOCAL RESOURCES (all links open in a new window)