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Art 112 - Art of Americas/Africa/Oceania and the Americas - Deborah Jenkins

Course:Art of Americas/Africa/Oceania and the Americas
Professor:Deborah Jenkins
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Art 112 is an introductory course in art history. It presents works of art in both geographical and chronological and sequence. We begin with the rich cultures of West Africa, we then move on to Oceania. In both these regions the works are relatively current, due partially to preservation issues. We then move to the Americas where we will look at the historical finds from the Meso American cultures of the Olmec, Maya and Aztec and in South America the Inca and their predecessors.  In North America we will study the works produced in the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest.

The course is intended to develop an appreciation varied language of artistic form, and an understanding of the many and varied forces that shaped its development.  And that students learn to analyze and appreciate works of philosophical, historical, literary, aesthetic, and or cultural importance.

Course Description

In Art 112, we will study the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The Americas, include Meso America, South America and North America. It is a brief over view of some of the world’s most interesting art.

Introduction to the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas



Meso-America (Olmec, Maya, Aztec)

South America (Chavin, Moche, Inka)

North America (Pacific Northwest, Southwest)

What to Expect in this Course

You must have access to a computer with a reliable online connection.


Types of Assessments

There will be quizzes, online discussion boards and journal assignments.

Textbook Information


Corbin, George A. Native Arts of North America Africa and the South Pacific. Boulder, CO, Westview Press, 1988

*wait until class starts to purchase the book

Miller, Mary Ellen. The Art of Mesoamerica. London, Thames and Hudson (any edition)

Other Relevant Course Information

I look forward to meeting and working with you, and am looking forward to a productive semester.


Deborah Jenkins

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Last updated: 07/11/2022 Sub#: 225