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Ch 9: Art & Architecture in the Americas

About This Chapter

The Art & Architecture in the Americas chapter of this Art, Music, and Architecture Around the World course is the most efficient way to study the Americas' art and architecture. This chapter uses simple and fun lessons that take about five minutes to complete, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts associated with art and architecture in the Americas.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering art and architecture in the Americas material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about American art and architecture. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing people and art associated with art and architecture in the Americas
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning world art, music, and architecture (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

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  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Art & Architecture in the Americas chapter exam.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about art and architecture in the Americas for a standard world art and architecture course. Topics covered include:

  • Timeline of American art history
  • History of American folk art
  • Characteristics and examples of American neoclassical architecture
  • History of early American art
  • Well known romantic paintings and painters from America
  • History of Latin American, Native American, and African American art

36 Lessons in Chapter 9: Art & Architecture in the Americas
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American Art History Timeline

1. American Art History Timeline

When you think of American art, what comes to mind? Hand-stitched quilts from colonial days? Pop art of the 1960s? This lesson covers highlights of North American art history from the 1700s to today.

American Folk Art History

2. American Folk Art History

What do metal weathervanes and cotton hand-sewn quilts have in common? They're both made for utilitarian purposes, but can also be works of art. Many people feel the urge to make things even if they haven't been trained in fine art. In this lesson, we'll explore American folk art history.

American Neoclassical Architecture: Characteristics & Examples

3. American Neoclassical Architecture: Characteristics & Examples

Neoclassical architecture is found commonly across the United States, and has played an important role in national history. In this lesson, we'll explore the history behind this style and see how it defined the American aesthetic.

Early American Art History

4. Early American Art History

Who were the first American artists? What kind of art, if any, hung in early homes? In this lesson, learn about some of our first portrait painters and sculptors, as well as other facts about early American art history.

Famous American Romantic Painters & Paintings

5. Famous American Romantic Painters & Paintings

Romanticism was a major movement in several countries, but Americans developed their own unique variation. In this lesson, we'll explore American Romanticism and talk about a few major artists and paintings.

Latin American Art History

6. Latin American Art History

Latin America is a large region, filled with a diverse range of people. Nevertheless, there are some common themes that appear. In this lesson, we'll explore trends in Latin American art history and see what connects this region.

Native American Art History

7. Native American Art History

Native American art history gives us a glimpse of the world as it was thousands of years ago. This lesson focuses on the earliest forms of Native American art and the relationship to art today, covering hide painting, quillwork, totems, and several other art forms.

African American Art History

8. African American Art History

Have you ever heard of the Harlem Renaissance or seen art by Joshua Johnson or Aaron Douglas? What kinds of art have African American artists made? In this lesson, learn about famous artists and works connected to African American art history.

History of Chicago Architecture

9. History of Chicago Architecture

Discover the history of how the city of Chicago rose up from the swampy banks of Lake Michigan to become the innovative proving ground for the world's tallest skyscrapers. Learn about influential architects and their novel styles.

Chicago Music History

10. Chicago Music History

Chicago's rich musical history includes important contributions to the genres of blues, jazz, and gospel by African-Americans whose families moved to Chicago as part of the Great Migration of the early 20th century.

Women in Jazz History

11. Women in Jazz History

Jazz is a definitive American musical genre, but it is often associated with male performers. What role have women played historically in this art form? In this lesson, we'll explore the history of women in jazz and discuss key figures.

Samba Music: History and Instruments

12. Samba Music: History and Instruments

Do you play an instrument? Have you ever heard of a surdo? Hint - it's a type of bass drum! In this lesson, we'll explore the history of samba music and some of the instruments used when playing it.

The Origins and History of Samba Dancing

13. The Origins and History of Samba Dancing

Has music ever made you feel the urge to get up and dance? In Brazil, this certainly happens when you hear samba! In this lesson, explore the origins and history of samba dancing.

The Beach Boys: Members, Albums & Songs

14. The Beach Boys: Members, Albums & Songs

Practically everybody has heard of the Beach Boys. They're one of the most famous rock bands in US history. In this lesson, we'll explore their lives, careers, and biggest hits and see how they impacted the musical scene.

Earl Scruggs: Biography and Songs

15. Earl Scruggs: Biography and Songs

How does it feel to perfect something no one's done before? How about developing a new style of playing a musical instrument? In this lesson, explore the life and music of banjo player Earl Scruggs.

Little Richard: Biography and Songs

16. Little Richard: Biography and Songs

Ever heard of rock and roll star Richard Wayne Penniman? No? How about Little Richard? This energetic performer revolutionized pop music in the 1950s. In this lesson, learn about one of the pioneers of American Rock and Roll.

The Carter Family: Biography & Songs

17. The Carter Family: Biography & Songs

Have you heard the songs Keep on the Sunny Side and Can the Circle Be Unbroken? Do you know who sang them first? In this lesson, we'll explore the Carter Family, their hit songs, and their impact on country music.

Virgil Thomson: Works & Quotes

18. Virgil Thomson: Works & Quotes

What do you consider American music? Composer Virgil Thomson thought about the question a lot and explored it his work. In this lesson, learn about Thomson's compositions and his comments about music, critics and creativity.

Bob Fosse: Biography, Quotes & Death

19. Bob Fosse: Biography, Quotes & Death

Bob Fosse was an American dancer, choreographer, and director known for the Tony award-winning musicals 'Chicago' and 'Cabaret'. In this lesson, we will learn about Bob Fosse's life and quotes that make him memorable.

Bob Fosse: Choreography, Musicals & Films

20. Bob Fosse: Choreography, Musicals & Films

You've seen skits where performers spread gloved fingers wide and gesture with jazz hands. But who creates such moves? In this lesson, you'll learn about the choreography of Bob Fosse, who pioneered a new style of dance in musicals and films.

Angela Lansbury: Biography, Movies & TV Shows

21. Angela Lansbury: Biography, Movies & TV Shows

Did you know exactly what you wanted to do when you grew up? What if it all came true? In this lesson, we'll explore the life and career of legendary actress Angela Lansbury, who has performed on stage, in movies, and television.

Chita Rivera: Biography, Broadway Shows & Quotes

22. Chita Rivera: Biography, Broadway Shows & Quotes

Did you know it's possible to dance your way to stardom? What would it be like to sing roles in beloved Broadway shows like West Side Story? In this lesson, we'll explore the life and career of musical theater legend Chita Rivera.

Fanny Brice: Biography, Songs & Quotes

23. Fanny Brice: Biography, Songs & Quotes

Have you ever wanted to make people laugh? Do you wonder how determination fuels a career in show business? In this lesson, we'll explore the life, music, and quotes of Fanny Brice, an early 20th century Jewish-American comedian and singer.

Paul Robeson: Biography, Quotes & Death

24. Paul Robeson: Biography, Quotes & Death

Imagine a talented athlete, actor, and singer who spoke his mind and fought for civil rights. In his lifetime he was famous around the world, but he's largely unknown today. How can that be? Let's learn about the life of Paul Robeson.

Paul Robeson: Songs, Movies & Plays

25. Paul Robeson: Songs, Movies & Plays

Have you ever heard the song ''Ol' Man River''? Did you know it was made famous by one of the most accomplished African-American performers in the 20th century? In this lesson, explore some of the movies, songs and plays performed by Paul Robeson.

Pictures at an Exhibition: Composer & Movements

26. Pictures at an Exhibition: Composer & Movements

Have you ever walked through an art gallery? Can music be used to convey the images you might see? The Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky thought so. In this lesson, we'll discuss Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

Carlos Gardel: Biography, Tango & Songs

27. Carlos Gardel: Biography, Tango & Songs

Every nation has its cultural heroes. In this lesson, we're going to explore the life and career of Argentine popular hero Carlos Gardel and see exactly how he impacted Argentine culture.

Frank Sinatra: Biography & Quotes

28. Frank Sinatra: Biography & Quotes

This lesson will detail the life and career of Frank Sinatra. We'll cover Sinatra's major eras and songs and his overall impact on American culture. Some of Sinatra's most well-remembered quotes will also be mentioned.

Frank Sinatra: Music, Songs & Movies

29. Frank Sinatra: Music, Songs & Movies

With a career spanning over fifty years, there was not much Frank Sinatra couldn't do to entertain an audience. In this lesson, you'll explore the songs and movies of the legendary performer.

Ruth Brown: Biography & Songs

30. Ruth Brown: Biography & Songs

Have you ever wanted to sing your heart out? Blues singer Ruth Brown sure did! In this lesson, learn about the career and hit songs of Brown, one of the pioneering women of Rhythm and Blues music.

Famous American Artists: Names & Paintings

31. Famous American Artists: Names & Paintings

Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, Winslow Homer, Grant Wood, and Georgia O'Keeffe are famous American artist who have made a significant contribution to American art. In this lesson, we will look at each artist and their work.

Construction: Definition & Types

32. Construction: Definition & Types

In this lesson you will understand what construction entails, the different phases of a construction project and the different types of construction projects.

Baroque Architecture in South America

33. Baroque Architecture in South America

In this lesson, we'll be looking at the Baroque style of architecture as it's seen in South America and its history, as well as its influences, and its overall style. After learning these things, you'll be able to test your newfound knowledge with a quiz!

Frida Kahlo's The Wounded Deer: Painting & Analysis

34. Frida Kahlo's The Wounded Deer: Painting & Analysis

Frida Kahlo's works are often autobiographical, but they don't look like your standard self-portraits. In this lesson, we'll check out her 1946 ''The Wounded Deer,'' and see how layers of symbolism tell us something about the painter.

Frida Kahlo's The Wounded Table: Analysis & Loss

35. Frida Kahlo's The Wounded Table: Analysis & Loss

The life of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was traumatic, but she is now recognized as one of the twentieth century's most important artists. In this lesson, you will learn about her famous painting ''The Wounded Table,'' which has been lost since 1955.

Interior of the Hagia Sophia by John Singer Sargent

36. Interior of the Hagia Sophia by John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent was an American painter. But what genre do we associate him with? In this lesson, we'll look at one of his paintings and see what it tells us about his style.

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