AP Art History
Course Description:AP Art History, a year-long course, is a critical study and understanding of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within historical and cultural contexts. The aim of the course is to introduce students to the rich traditions of western and non-western art through factual knowledge and the skillful use of principles of aesthetics and comparative criticism, and through continuous reference to the essentially related fields of religion, history, and geography. While no prerequisite coursework for this course is required, students who have done well in other courses in the humanities, such as history, literature, and Interrelated Arts, or in any of the advanced levels of the studio art, should be encouraged to enroll. While the course does not seek primarily to identify students who will major in art history in college, it will require a high degree of commitment to academic work and to the purposes of a program designed to meet college standards.
- Artists communicate sensibility and meaning through visual & performing arts.
- Artists manipulate their medium(s) to construct meaning.
- An artist's ability to listen and interpret affects his or her ability to understand the art form.
- A level of proficiency is necessary to communicate an artist's intent.
- An artist's use of skills and techniques is a continual, repetitive learning process.
- Artists present finished products or performance.
- The critique process can lead to heightened awareness of aesthetics.
- Critiques promote the use of art vocabulary.
The critique process is a valuable analysis of what takes place intuitively.
- Do artists change the course of history?
- Why do artistic movements come and go? What forces cause change?
- When cultures exchange ideas, how do those ideas change culture?
- How does scientific and technological developments affect art?
- Do artistic trends shape or reflect culture and identity?
- How do form, content and context express and influence meaning?
- How do elements and principles facilitate visual communication?
- How do you skill and technique enable the creative process?
- How do we use critique to inform art?
Course Academic Vocabulary:
- linear perspective
Course Units/Topics of Study:
- Prehistoric- The Birth of Art
- Rise of Civilization- Ancient Near East
- Ancient Egypt- Temples and Tombs
- Ancient Greece- Gods, Heros and Athletes
- The Art of Ancient Rome
- The Art of Late Antiquity
- Byzantium- Rome in the East
- Early Medieval Art in the West
- Romanesque- Art of the Pilgrimages
- Gothic Art- The Age of Great Cathedrals
- 14th Century Italian Art
- The Art of the Northern Europe
- Humanism- 15th Century Italian
- High Renaissance
- Enlightenment- Late 18th - Mid 19th
- Rise of Modernism
- Early 20th Century Art
- Women in the Arts
- Non-Western Art and Architecture