Bunce Hall

American Studies

Tips for Success in History of American Art

Regular class attendance and participation. Learning to discuss and analyze the visual arts is not necessarily something that a student has previously experienced. The way to talk about the arts is an important life-learning skill.

Study guides with key monuments from architecture, painting, sculpture and decorative arts will be regularly provided. It is important to prepare study cards on a regular basis. After lectures, they help to organize the material and become like flash cards for test prep. It is important to create these on a regular basis. Students can easily download the key monuments from the study guides and then have them as a template for class lectures. The time spent on making these cards also helps with review. Students who have done adequate preparation generally do well; cramming before an exam does become overwhelming.