AP Art History
Prerequisites: none; teacher approval is recommended.
Who the course is designed for: strong and motivated 11th or 12th grade history students who enjoy engaging with art
AP Art History will change your life and enrich your existence forever after. The class sweeps through history using the visual arts, including painting, sculpture and architecture as a lens to understand cultures from the Paleolithic through the Early Twenty-first Century. Students develop their powers of observation and learn the concepts, vocabulary and analytical tools that will allow them to walk into any museum or view any building in the world and understand what they see. While the course focuses on the Western Tradition of art, it also includes art from different periods in Asia, Africa and the Americas. The course has to move very quickly through a wide range of material, and students will be expected to learn to analyze all kinds of art in a sophisticated way. By developing their tastes and reflecting on their preferences, students learn as much about themselves as they do about an artist’s intended meaning.