Ap art History 2015– 2016 Brief Description of Course



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AP Art History

2015– 2016



Brief Description of Course

AP Art History is designed to provide the same benefits to high school students as those provided by an introductory college course in Art history: an understanding and enjoyment of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other forms within historical and cultural contexts. In the course, students examine major forms of artistic expression from the past, the present and from a variety of cultures. They learn to look at works of art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity, and to articulate what they see and experience.



Unit Information



Unit Name or Timeframe:

Calendar- First Term

First Quarter – July 29 to September 26

Week1


Introduction: Methodology, Elements and Principles of Art

Week 2


Prehistoric, Ancient Near East

Week 3


Egypt

Week 4


Aegean, begin Greek

Week 5


Greek

Week 6


Etruscan, begin Rome

Week 7


Rome

Week 8


Late Antiquity

Week 9


Ancient World Wonders

Content and/or Skills Taught:

  • An introduction to major vocabulary terms and concepts regarding the study of art history

  • A discussion on the Elements and Principles of Art.

  • Lectures on the art forms, including historical, cultural, stylistic developments of previously listed topics.

  • Discussion of art and religion

  • Topic Essay is due at the end of the quarter.


Major Assignments and /or Assessments:



Unit Name or Timeframe:

Second Quarter – October 13 to December 18

Week 1

Byzantine



Week 2

Islam


Week 3

Medieval Art, Romanesque Art

Week 4

Gothic


Week 5

Section Test

Week 6

14th Century Italian Art, 15th Century Northern Europe



Week 7

15th Century Italian Art

Week 8

High Renaissance



Week 9

High Renaissance



Content and/or Skills Taught:

  • Continued discussion of art, religion, and the influence of the Islamic World.

  • Extensive study of the art and architecture of Medieval Europe through the Renaissance.

  • The differences between the art of Northern Europe and Southern Europe.

  • The stylistic characteristics of various Baroque artists and their locales.


Major Assignments and /or Assessments:


  • Quizzes on each chapter

  • Daily note taking on flashcards

  • Vocabulary lists

  • Nightly reading

  • Homework from student study guide

  • Short response essays

  • 30 minute essays

  • Topic Essay

  • Museum Report



Unit Name or Timeframe:

Calendar – Second Term

Third Quarter – January 5th to March 13th

Week 1


16th Century Northern Europe

Week 2


Baroque

Week 3


Baroque

Week 4


Baroque, Rococo, Enlightenment

Week 5


Enlightenment

Week 6


Late 19th Century

Week 7


Impressionism, Modernism

Week 8


Modernism, Postmodernism

Week 9


Postmodernism

Week 10


Postmodernism


Content and/or Skills Taught:


  • The philosophies of the era of the Enlightenment and its influences on the art of the 18th century.

  • Study the rise of three contrasting styles: Naturalism, Neo-Classicism and Realism.

  • Discussions of Modernism including the artists of the Impressionist movement, their lives, and society, plus the works of modernism that evolved from these early shifts in Art History.

  • The stylistic characteristics of various Baroque artists and their locales.

  • Discussion of the various styles and purposes of artwork from the above named cultures beyond the European tradition.



Major Assignments and /or Assessments:

  • Quizzes on each chapter

  • Daily note taking on flashcards

  • Vocabulary lists

  • Nightly reading

  • Homework from student study guide

  • Short response essays

  • 30 minute essays

  • Students will complete an “Ism” book that illustrates their understanding of Modernism from the realists all the way through post-modernism.

Fourth Quarter – March 30th to June 4th

Week 1

Southeast Asian Art



Week 2

Korean Art, Japanese Art

Week 3

Ancient American, Native American Art, African Art



Week 4

Oceanic Art

Week 5

Art of the 21st century



Week 6

Review for AP Exam

Week 7

Review, Take Exam



Week 8 and 9

Fun



Content and/or Skills Taught:

  • Discussion of the various styles and purposes of artwork from the above named cultures outside of the Western tradition.

  • A heavy emphasis on comparative analysis with Western Art will be included in all discussion and PowerPoint presentations.


Major Assignments and /or Assessments:

  • Daily note taking on flashcards

  • Vocabulary lists

  • Nightly reading

  • Homework from the student study guide

  • Short response essays

  • 30 minute essays

  • A study binder with visuals, maps, vocabulary lists, presentation notes, imagery, cultural elements and analytical essays for a specific society beyond the European tradition will be used to enhance classroom lecture and review. (Finish)

  • Topic essay due (including art from the 21st century)

End of Term


Major Assignments and Assessments:



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