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Unit 1
Religious Influence
Folk Artists

Unit 2
Expansion West

Unit 3
Ancient Arch.
American Arch.

Unit 4
Some Stayed

European Influence

Unit 5
Into the 20th Cent.
The Armory Show

Unit 6
Early Abstract
Some of the "isms"

Unit 7
American Scene
Social Realism

Unit 8
Geo. Abstract

Unit 9
Return to Realism
Abstract Express.

Unit 10
Pop and Op

Unit 11
Comp. graphics

Unit 12
South Dakota

Ethnic Movements

We are who we are because of the influences which have shaped us, and because of what we have done with those influences.  This effort is dedicated to an examination of some of those influences.

Whenever we undertake a study of art history, we seek to develop in three areas:

  • knowledge
  • appreciation
  • like/dislike

The first gathers information about the artists and their works.  Who did it?   What is is called?

The second strives to understand the setting. Why did the artist choose that subject and treat it in that way?

The third is entirely subjective and rests with the viewer alone.

We'll try to grow in all three areas through these pages.

These units follow the order they are taught in the Watertown High School curriculum.   Although there is some logic to this arrangement, we would be the first to admit that it is, at times, arbitrary at best.

Yes, some of the anecdotal accounts may be more fiction than fact.

This project continues to be a work in progress. 



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Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

owned by National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Round Barn
Shaker Village, Hancock, Massachusetts

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Jamestown, Virginia