AP Art History
AP Art History Course Design
"Art is idea. It is not enough to draw, paint, and sculpt. An artist should be able to think." -Gurdon Woods (sculptor)
AP Art History is a chronological survey of architecture, painting, sculpture, and photography of the western tradition and selected worlds for a variety of cultures from beyond the European tradition. The sequential presentation of the artwork studied in the course begins in the prehistoric period and ends with post-modernism. Strategies of comparative analysis of works of art are also introduced and practiced in class discussion, written assignments, and tests. Formal analysis using the elements of art, principles of design and composition, and various strategies and models presented in class specifically referenced to each art form, are introduced and developed throughout the year. Students are made aware of the context of works of art within their respective cultures and periods to gain a deeper understanding of each work’s possible meaning and significance.