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CCOG for ART 210 Spring 2024

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Course Number:
ART 210
Course Title:
Women in Art
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Course Description

Explores the work of women artists from antiquity to the present and art that addresses gender. Examines works of the most important women artists from each period in relation to the changing roles of women in society and to the canon of art history. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Explain how the work of women artists is representative of the historical moment in which it was produced, acknowledging the interactions between social, cultural, technological, and/or economic factors and art.
  • Utilize a critical vocabulary as a framework for discussing, creating and/or writing about art made by women and art addressing gender.
  • Analyze the relationship between form, context and meaning in visual communication, demonstrating an understanding of feminist critique in art including theoretical approaches to gender, race, and class. 
  • Articulate the relationships between work by women artists, the history of visual culture and world history to enhance civic and global engagement.
  • Apply insights gained from course content to visual culture encountered outside of the classroom.

Integrative Learning

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.

General education philosophy statement

Through the study of art history, students look closely at works of art and architecture, articulating the way elements of art are interrelated and considering how values and interpretations have changed over time. They critically analyze visual communication, work creatively with art historical data, use evidence to support arguments and assess the stakes of primary and secondary sources. They also analyze the relationships between art and its historical, cultural, social and political contexts. Art history enhances students’ engagement in contemporary global culture through a deeper understanding of history, which helps students recognize connections between the past and present and become more aware of their own vantage points.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment tools may include:

  • informal and formal responses to discussion questions

  • analysis and evaluation of reading assignments

  • visual and contextual analysis of art in writing assignments and exams

  • journals assessing learning in and out of the classroom

  • research projects resulting in papers or presentations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Analyze and work creatively with art historical data, using it to better understand the history of art and visual culture.

  • Evaluate primary and secondary art historical sources, assessing their stakes and motives.

  • Assess the ways in which art is impacted by the viewer’s vantage point.

  • Articulate the relationship between art and its historical, social and political context.

  • Recognize and differentiate various approaches to art and evaluate how values and interpretations change over time.

  • Recognize and identify parallels between the art historical past and the present.

  • Research and write coherently about feminist art history, using evidence to support arguments.

  • Use knowledge gained in the course to study fine art, multimedia, art history, design, gender studies or history at a four-year institution.


  • Art History and Feminist Theory

  • Gender in the Ancient World

  • Gender in the Middle Ages

  • Gender and Art in the Renaissance

  • The Hierarchy of Art

  • Gender and the Art Market in the 17th century

  • Women and Early Art Education

  • Gender in the Early Modern Era

  • Art Academies

  • Women’s Work, Motherhood and Sex during the Industrial Revolution

  • The Public Sphere and the Private Sphere

  • Art and The New Woman

  • The Suffrage Movement and Visual Culture

  • Gender Trouble and Modern Art

  • Modern Art and Colonialism

  • Modern Art and Cultural Appropriation

  • Gender and Art after 1945

  • Gender and Early Performance Art

  • Feminist Art

  • Art, Gender, Race and the Civil Rights Movement

  • Art and Intersectionality

  • Gender and Post Modernism

  • Institutional Critique

  • Craft and Politics

  • Third-Wave Feminist Art

  • Feminist Art and Globalization

  • Feminism in Art Institutions