AP Art History
AP Art History
The AP Art History course is designed to give students the opportunity to discover, appreciate, and acquire knowledge of art history through the ages, from the Paleolithic era to contemporary times. The course involves critical thinking and students will learn to examine and analyze major forms of artistic expression from diverse cultures and understand their contributions to the arts.
A variety of art media and styles will be studied as the students look at architecture, manuscripts, painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, as a reflection of a given civilization and time period. This class will give students the opportunity to use their prior knowledge of history, geography, politics, religion, languages, literature, and the visual arts.
The curriculum is modeled after introductory college level art history survey courses and reflects the College Board AP Art History Course Description. Tests and quizzes are given throughout the year using the format of the AP Art History students enrolled in this course are expected to take the AP Art History examination.
The history of art will be taught to and learned by the students through a combination of materials such as, selected readings, visual presentations, research papers, educational videos, and museum visits. Students’ active participation and discussions related to reading assignments and slide show lectures are required for the class. Students learn to write about art using a specialized vocabulary to describe and critically analyze works of art.