AP Art History is based around3 BIG IDEAS:
How often have you looked at a work of art and liked it but didn't know why? Or knew it was famous, but didn't understand what everyone else saw in it that made it so? Every day we see art that we are asked to "decode" with limited or no knowledge at all.
AP Art History will teach us to unwrap, to reveal, to make the exotic and unknown available.
Advanced Placement Art history is a college level course that enables students to apply decision-making, analytical and problem-solving skills that will facilitate rational, effective lifelong learning. Students who successfully complete the requirements can request credit from the college or university they will attend. Credit will be awarded upon passing the AP Art History exam by the AP College Board.
The NEW AP Art History is based on three BIG IDEAS that students will be asked to discover, research, interpret, acknowledge, and understand fully. They are:
BIG IDEA 1: Artists manipulate materials and ideas to create an aesthetic object, act, or event.
What is art and how is it made?
Art making techniques
Why make art? (Function)
BIG IDEA 2: Art making is shaped by tradition and change.
Why and how does art change?
What features/changes of a tradition do you see?
Why was the art influential?
BIG IDEA 3: Interpretations of art are variable.
How do we describe our thinking about art?
What are the formal qualities and content of the art?
What is the context of the art? (context = differing interpretations)
What attributes of a work can we attribute to other works of art? (similarities and differences?)
During the year of study students will learn to:
At the beginning of the year an overview of basic concepts is necessary to insure all students are on the same track with what the areas of study will be and where concerns come from. The following is a list of questions and answers that will be asked and instilled for greater understanding of art history.
Art History Units:
1. Global Prehistory
2. The Pacific
3. Indigenous Americas
5. Ancient Mediterranean: The Near East, Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome
6. South and Southeast Asia
7. Central and East Asia
8. Islamic 400 - 1400
9. Early Europe 400 - 1400
10. Early Modern Atlantic World 1400 - 1750
11. Later Europe and the Americas 1750 - 1900
12. Global Contemporary 1980 to Present
AP Art History Homework Assignments:
Homework will be assigned weekly. Small group (3 per group, self-selected) research and work will be an integral part of the class. Students will be asked to read relevant pages in the art history text and use an unlimited number of online sources. All assignments and due dates will be available on the AP Art History website. Vocabulary terms are required for students to define as they appear in the text. Ideas and Concepts for every period and Global location of art history will be discussed. There will be a minimum of one group project during the year.
Test, Quizzes, Essays:
Each week students will be given slide quizzes, short essays, or other forms of assessment based on images, lectures, and discussions from class. It is imperative that you do not miss class! Tests will be given at the end of each unit with short answer questions, slide identification, context questions and essays. Students will be expected to recognize concepts, images, dates, titles, names of the artists where appropriate, techniques, materials location/place, function of the art and styles. Students should be able to discuss art in all formats using the Elements and Principles and understand historical events that might have shaped the works of art. Finally, students should also be able to recognize and discuss characteristics of the various styles and Global cultures.