Ann Storey and Sarah Ryan

Winter 2001; 8 credits, upper division credit possible; Reference #: 00269P

Saturdays, 9-4:30 pm, Lecture Hall 5

The Quiet Revolution:

The Arts and Crafts Movement in America

What is the relationship among art, work and social justice? Was there a time when artistic concerns and labor issues were linked? How did art add a richer dimension to the fight for social justice? To answer these questions, this program will explore the connections between American art and labor during the exciting time of the 19th Century Arts and Crafts Movement. Both artists and workers rebelled against the dehumanization of work and the sterility of mass-produced goods caused by the Industrial Revolution. Revitalizing handicrafts, applied arts and architecture, this movement also strove to move control of production into the worker's own sphere.

By erasing the boundaries between arts and crafts and stressing simplicity and truth to materials, this movement became an important source for modern art. By working in the intersection between art and the social conscience, it directly influenced social realist WPA art of the 1930s. This program will study utopian settlements, such as "Home" and "Freeland" in the Puget Sound, that were established so that workers could live their ideals.

Credit will be awarded according to each student's individual focus, but could include labor studies, American art history, Pacific Northwest History, American history, analytical and/or creative writing, and visual art. We will take a field trip to Port Townsend, Washington, to see Victorian and Arts and Crafts architecture and visit the historical museum.

Student responsibilities

Full attendance at all class sessions; readings, short essays, written in response to the readings, seminar participation and facilitation, field trip, a final research paper (5-7 pages) or art project and short presentation about your project; self and faculty evaluation. You will exchange your essays with another student as well as turning them in to your faculty seminar leader, so bring at least two copies to class each time. Your essays should be 1- 2 pages, typed, in which you state clearly the author's main thesis and your response to this thesis. Your essay must also include ideas/issues gleaned from the text that you want to discuss in seminar.

The final project addresses the question, "How can I use what I have learned in this program to respond to today's world?" In answering this question, your project can be either a research paper or an art project that focuses on a specific issue, craftsperson or architect related to the program themes that you bring up to date and make relevant to today's world. If you choose to do an art project it should be accompanied by a short paper (2 pages typed) explaining your methods/thoughts/sources in creating your piece. Your art project can be in any medium and must be comparable in scope to a 5-7 page research paper. All student work should be assembled into a portfolio and turned in the last day of class.

Contact Sarah at or (360) 867-6720. Sarah's office hours are Fridays, 3- 6 pm or by appointment in Library 2108. Contact Ann at (360) 867-5008 or email: Ann's office hours: Mondays, 5-6 pm or by appointment in Library 3221.


The Art That Is Life : The Art & Crafts Movement in America, 1875-1920, by Wendy Kaplan; Utopias on Puget Sound, 1885-1915, by Charles Pierce Lewarne; Art and Labor: Ruskin, Morris, and the Craftsman Ideal in America, by Eileen Boris; The Story of Utopias, by Lewis Mumford; Articles: "Home: No Place Like It," from The Last Wilderness, by Murray Morgan (pp. 101-121); "The Rise of Radicalism," (pp 1-28) from Revolution in Seattle, by Harvey O'Connor, "Time, Work Discipline and the Rise of Industrialism Capitalism," by E. P. Thompson.

Date Activities Reading (completed) What's due?
Week One Saturday, January 13 Introductions, go over syllabus, covenants, learning objectives, books and field trips; Ann's lecture: "William Morris and the Origin of the Arts and Crafts Movement" Sarah's workshop: "Scientific Management"; reading and discussion session    
Week Two, January 20 Sarah's lecture: Stages in the Labor Movement; "The Shakers" video; library orientation; seminar on Art and Labor Art and Labor: Ruskin, Morris, and the Craftsman Ideal in America by Eileen Boris Essay on Art and Labor
Week Three, January 27 Joint session with Victoria Still Rules program; Ann's lecture on Romance and Realism: The Pre Raphaelite Painters, guest lecture on Marx as Modernist; Susan Preciso's lecture; seminar on Introduction and Section I of The Art That Is Life. Introduction and Section I of The Art That Is Life Essay on the Art That is Life
Week Four, February 3 Sarah's lecture, The Work Ethic; Ann's workshop on architectural styles, "Head, Heart and Hands" (Elbert Hubbard & Roycrofters video) seminar on Section II of The Art That Is Life Section II of The Art That Is Life, pp. 207-296 and Time, Work Discipline and the Rise of Industrial Capitalism Essay on Art That is Life; Thompson
Week Five, February 10 Martin Kane's guest lecture; photography module; seminar on Time, Work Discipline and Industrialism Capitalism Sections III and IVof The Art That Is Life, pp. 297-324; 335-406.and two articles: "Home: No Place Like It," "The Rise of Radicalism." Essay on The Art That Is Life and two articles.
Week Six, February 17 Field trip to Port Townsend to view historic homes and museum. Utopias on Puget Sound, 1885-1915 Essay on Utopias on Puget Sound
Week Seven, February 24 Frank Lloyd Wright videos and discussion session. Morris and Wright articles on the web. work on your presentation and project
Week Eight, March 4 Ann's Lecture: The Gamble House: An Arts and Crafts Masterpiece, seminar on Sections III and IV of Art That Is Life; Olympia architecture field trip with Heather Lockman The Story of Utopias, by Lewis Mumford Essay on Mumford (may be turned in following week, also)

Week Nine,

March 10

Sarah's lecture, The Legacy of Utopias; seminar on The Story of Utopias; student presentations. Finish Mumford if you haven't. work on presentation, final project and portfolios

Week Ten,

March 17

Student presentations, potluck and celebration in the Cedar Room of the Longhouse   All portfolios due
Evaluation Week Student/faculty evaluations by appointment   Draft self and faculty evaluations