AP Art History
Credits: 5.0 Visual/Performing Arts
Course Description: Advanced Placement Art History is a college-level academic course in which students will study the development of artistic expression (architecture, sculpture, and painting) from Prehistoric times through present in a chronological approach, and examine a variety of world cultures outside of the European tradition. Students will learn how to look at work in a critical manner with intelligence and sensitivity, and to articulate effectively what they see or experience. This course is designed to prepare student for the College Board Advanced Placement Exam in Art History. Students will be surveying art, history, and culture rather than creating artwork.
- Standard 1.1: The Creative Process – All students will demonstrate an understanding of the elements and principles that govern the creation of works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.
- Standard 1.2: History of the Arts and Culture – All students will understand the role, development, and influence of the arts throughout history and across cultures
- Standard 1.3: Performing – All students will synthesize skills, media, methods, and technologies that are appropriate to creating, performing, and/or presenting works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.
- Standard 1.4: Aesthetic Responses & Critique Methodologies – All students will demonstrate and apply an understanding of arts philosophies, judgment, and analysis to works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.
Anchor Text(s): N/A
|Text Title||Publisher/Author||Year/Edition||ISBN||Text Distribution|
|Gardner’s Art through the Ages, De la Croix, Kleiner, Tansev.
Fred S. Kleiner
|ISBN 13 978-495-09307-7
ISBN 10 0-495-09307-6
- Artist and Art Movement Videos and DVDs
- Current Art Publications/Artist Biographies
- Internet Resources
Units of Study
- The Birth of Art and the Rise of Civilization
- Ancient Egypt, Minos, and the Prehistoric Aegean
- Ancient Greece, Art of the Etruscans and Ancient Rome
- Art of Late Antiquity
- The Art of Byzantium
- Art Outside the European Tradition (Art of Islam, Asia, Native Americas, Early Africa)
- Early Medieval Art of the West
- Romanesque, Gothic Art, and Baroque Periods
- 14th and 15th Century Italian Art
- 15th and 16th Century Art in Northern Europe and Spain
- The Art of South and Southeast Asia after 1200, and Late China and Late Japan
- Art of the Late 18th through mid-19th Century; Art of the Late 19th through early 20th Century, Art of the Late 20th Century through the 21st Century
Proficiencies: By the end of this course, students will:
- Understand and utilize a variety of art terminology in spoken and written form.
- Recognize and identify major art and architectural works by period and artist.
- Understand the social, political, and economic power of art.
- Compare and contrast works from different artists, cultures, and techniques.
- Understand a variety of art techniques and technologies used in the making of art.
- Read architectural plans and sections accurately.
- Think, write, and speak about artwork critically and fluently.
Evaluation & Assessment
- Projects (10%) – projects are assigned as both instructional tools and instruments for assessment. Projects are assessed on an individual basis and evaluated based on the following criteria: following instructions, skill and development, creativity and originality, craftsmanship, and completion of the project.
- Class Work (15%) – an integral aspect of the learning process, allowing students to demonstrate their ongoing understanding of content and concepts taught. Class work includes demonstration of a cooperative attitude and contribution to the learning process of the class, proper utilization of class time, attendance and punctuality, proper use of materials and supplies, studio set-up and clean-up, and participation in class discussions and critiques.
- Tests (30%) – an assessment of cumulative knowledge and understanding of a unit of study/evaluation of short-term knowledge and understanding of homework assignments and class lessons.
- Quizzes (10%) – an assessment of cumulative knowledge and understanding of a unit of study/evaluation of short-term knowledge and understanding of homework assignments and class lessons.
- Homework (10%) – enables students to exercise and reinforce their knowledge and understanding of skills taught in class, as well as preparation and/or research for projects to be executed in class.
- Reports (15%) – enables students to exercise and reinforce their knowledge and understanding of skills taught in class, as well as preparation and/or research for projects to be executed in class.
- Mid-Term Exam (5%) – a culminating assessment of skills and knowledge administered at the end of the semester’s coursework.
- Final Exam (5%) – a culminating assessment of skills and knowledge administered at the end of the semester’s coursework.