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AP Art History (Section 1)

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Art history emphasizes understanding works of art within their historical context by examining issues such as politics, class, religion, patronage, audience, gender, function, and ethnicity.  Students studying art history at the college level generally begin with a survey course - that is, a course that introduces the scope of art from prehistoric to contemporary times.  The AP Art History curriculum is modeled after this approach and will move chronologically through both European and non-European works.  This course will teach students how to utilize visual literacy skills to examine, analyze, and interpret art.  Students will learn to suspend judgment when looking at works of art and will develop critical thinking skills by considering assumptions made when evaluating art.


While the primary function of the AP Art History course is for students to develop their own understanding and appreciation of art, a secondary intention is to prepare students for the AP Art History Exam.  To support these goals, students will periodically be required to interact with art beyond that presented in class by visiting local museums.  Students will also be exposed to the structure of the AP Art History Exam throughout the course and will complete several practice tests before the exam.



This course will be structured based on the framework outlined in AP Art History Course and Exam Description.


Big Idea 1: Culture       

Cultural practices or belief systems often affect art and art making.

Big Idea 2: Interactions with Other Cultures

Interactions with other cultures affect art and art making.

Big Idea 3: Theories and Interpretations

Theories and interpretations of art are affected by other disciplines, technology, or the availability of evidence.

Big Idea 4: Materials, Processes, and Techniques

Use of and access to materials, processes, and techniques affect art and art making.

Big Idea 5: Purpose and Audience

Purpose, intended audience, or patron often affect art and art making. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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