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AP Art History West Potomac High School

Do you like to explore museums? Are you excited to travel and learn about other cultures? Do you wonder how historical events affected art? Are you curious about the decisions artists make in creating a work of art? Do you want to be able to understand a work of art in terms of its function, meaning and context? Are you interested in history? Do you want to prepare yourself for college? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then AP Art History is the class for you.

Art of the Indigenous Americas is among the world's oldest artistic tradition.

There are 250 images from around the world to learn. We will discuss works ranging from 25,000 BCE to the 21st century. The images are divided into ten content areas.

We will explore works from prehistory and the Ancient near East.

The homework expectation is to analyze six to ten images per week. Students will be given many resource suggestions to facilitate their research. Students will be given a worksheet to complete their research. Class discussions, viewing videos, working in groups, and playing art games will help in understanding the works of art.

In class you will understand the context, form, content and function of Greek and Roman art.

Essay and identification tests will be given after each content area. Students will learn to write a "Snapshot" of a work of art. A "Snapshot" is a way to structure basic, research based information about artworks. The completed "Snapshot" will be uploaded to Google Classroom to share with the class.

This work was created in 1994 by Michel Tuffery. Pisupo Lua Afe (Corned Beef 2000),.

Students will be given a textbook, Gardner's Art Through the Ages, to keep at home all year long. Google Classroom will also have many links and suggestions for additional resources. Our school library subscribes to many databases that will be available to students for research.

The Crossing. Bill Viola. 1996. This is a video/sound installation.

Students will look at works of art and think about the materials and techniques used. Students will learn to analyze the visual and/or physical elements of a work of art.

Darkytown Rebellion, Kara Walker. 2001. cut paper and projection on wall.

Students will have the opportunity to present their research to the class. Students will work in groups and collaborate to gain a better understanding of works of art.

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt. 1907-08. Oil and gold leaf on canvas.

What is the meaning of a work of art? What is the story behind the subject matter? Students will learn about meaning and content focusing on subject matter, iconography, and narration.

Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow. Piet Mondrian. 1930. Oil on canvas.

How does the work reflect the cultural aspects of particular time and place? What has happened in history at the time the work was created? Students will gain a deeper understanding of a work of art through learning about the context.

Art works from Korea, China, and India
Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Washington, DC. Maya Lin. 1982. Granite.

Several of the 250 artworks are in Washington, DC. We are fortunate to live in a metropolitan area where we can see these works of art and others. Students will have the opportunity to travel to New York City, visit art museums and engage in internships to reinforce their learning.

Jahangir Preferring a Sufi Shaikh to Kings from the St. Petersburg Album. Bichitr. 1615. Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper.

If you are interested in joining us in AP Art History, please see your counselor. Please see Ms. Marshall during advisory in Springbank 501 with any questions you might have or feel free to email your questions to hdmarshall@fcps.edu. We look forward to seeing you in AP Art History.