Afro-american Studies | Afro-American Art II: Afro-American Artists (3 cr.)
A352 | 0000 | Taylor


Instructor: Prof. William Taylor
2:30-5:00 PM   T   TBA
Fulfills: AHLA, CSA

Course Objectives:

Students will study the development of the Afro-American visual artist from a craftsperson in
slavery to national recognition as artist of the mainstream in the 1980s.  As the class progresses in
each Afro-American movement time period, the influence of the social and political moods on the
Afro-American visual artist will be included in the course--thus enabling the student to have a
better understanding of how and why the Black artists produced as they did/do and what meaning
the works had to the artists and their viewers.

Required Textbooks:

Samella Lewis, AFRICAN AMERICAN ART AND ARTISTS
Sharon Patton, AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART

Use a LOOSE LEAF NOTEBOOK for handouts and lecture notes.  (ALL EXAMS ARE GIVEN
WITH AN OPEN NOTEBOOK.)

Course Presentation:

The structure of this course will be lecture and class discussion.  Recognition of the work of the
artists will be an important part of the course, but it will be as important to the able to associate
their works with the styles of the Western major art movements.  When evaluating the Black
artists and/or their works, the students will be required to qualify their conclusions.  The semester
grade will be determined on total points divided between three examinations and a research paper.

Because approximately 50 to 75 percent of lecture materials may not be covered in the text,
CLASS ATTENDANCE IS VERY IMPORTANT.  5 POINTS WILL BE DEDUCTED   FROM YOUR FINAL GRADE POINT TOTAL FOR EACH CLASS THAT YOU   MISS.

MISSED EXAMS CANNOT BE MADE UP.

MAXIMUM POINTS           TOTAL SEMESTER POINTS
Exam 1    15                       A    95-100
Mid-term  25                       A-   91-94
Final          25                       B+   87-90
R. paper  35                       B    83-86
TOTAL     100 = A                  B-   79-82
C+   75-78
C    70-74
C-   66-69
D+   62-65
D    58-61
D-   54-57
F    53 and below

There will be three examinations (including mid-term and final) throughout the semester.  Part of
the course requirement is a 12 to 14-page TYPEWRITTEN RESEARCH PAPER.  The research
paper will be due three weeks before the final examination.

ONE-HALF A LETTER GRADE WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM THE RESEARCH PAPER
GRADE FOR EVERY DAY THAT THE PAPER IS PAST DUE.

**FAILURE TO TURN IN RESEARCH PAPER WILL RESULT IN A SEMESTER GRADE
OF "F."**

All quizzes and exams are to be taken on the date specified. **THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP
DATES FOR QUIZZES OR EXAMS.**

Students WHO WITHDRAW from the class MUST fill out the proper forms from the Registrar's
office.  FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN A GRADE OF "F."**

**INCOMPLETE ("I") WILL NOT BE GIVEN FOR A SEMESTER GRADE.**
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