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» Unit V- Early Europe anc Colonial Americas
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» Unit VIII- Africa 1100 CE - 1980 CE
» Unit IX- The Pacific - 700 CE - 1980 CE
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AP Art History

Important Dates

APAH Exam 05/03/16- PM

Dates are subject to change

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"In the Middle Ages, art was for God's sake.  In the Renaissance, art was for man's sake.  In the 19th century, art was for art's sake and in the 20th century, no art for God's sake." 

G.K. Chesterton

Do you agree with him?

Great Video by Hold Your Horses!---70 Million.  Check and see how many you can get correctly name.  If you took AP Art History, you would know them all:)

For a more complete view of the course, please check out AP-The AP Art History Course Home Page

AP Art History Units

Fall Semester

Introduction to Art and CORNFLAKES
I.  Global Prehistory 30,000 B.C.E. - 500 B.C.E.
II.  Ancient Mediterranean- 3500 B.C.E. - 300 C.E.
III.  West and Central Asia- 500 B.C.E. - 1980 C.E.
IV.  South, East and South East Asia- 300 C.E. - 1980 C.E.
V.  Early Europe and Colonial Americas - 200 C.E. - 1750 C.E

Spring Semester

VI.  Later Europe and Americas - 1750 C.E. - 1980 C.E.
VII.  Indigenous Americas - 1000 B.C.E. - 1980 C.E.
VIII.  Africa- 1100 C.E. - 1980 C.E.
IX.  The Pacific - 700 C.E. - 1980 C.E.
X.  Global Contemporary - 1980 C.E. to the Present
Post AP Exam- Create a Museum Project

Have a question about an assignment or an upcoming test/quiz?  Email me at [email protected].


Preparatory Work   20%
Tests [30 minute Essays] 40%
Tests [M.C., 15- minute Essays] 40%

AP Art History Course Description

The AP Art History course emphasizes a deep conceptual understanding of art historical concepts.  Students will develop the essential skills of visual and contextual analysis.  By examining works of art from diverse cultures and the relationships among these works, students develop an understanding of global artistic traditions.  Students analyze works of art in their contexts, considering issues of patronage, gender, politics, religion and ethnicity.  The interpretation of the work of art is based upon its intended use, audience, and the role of the artist and the work of art in its particular society.  Students will expand their knowledge of history, geography, politics, religion, languages, and literature, as they explore the story of people as told through the art they created.

Primary Text

Stokstad, Marilyn.  Art History, Revised 2nd Edition.  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.  2005

AP Art History Exam           05/03/2016- PM ugh?!

The Exam

Section I.  Multiple-Choice Questions

80 Multiple-Choice Questions to be answered in 60 minutes
35 discrete questions and 45 questions in sets

50% of AP Exam Grade

Section II.  Free Response Questions

6 total Essays to be answered in 120 minutes

Part A- Two 30-minute essays incorporating in the student's knowledge of art based in Themes in Art

Part B - Four 15- minute essay questions based on slides and/or text
50% of AP Exam Grade

AP Grade                Qualification

5                           Extremely well qualified
4                           Well qualified
3                           Qualified
2                           Possibly qualified
1                           No recommendation

In general, the AP composite score points are set so that the lowest raw score needed to earn an AP score of 5 is equivalent to the average score among college students earning grades of A in the college course.  Similarly, AP Exam scores of 4 are equivalent to college grades of A-, B+, and B.  AP Exam scores of 3 are equivalent to college grades of B-, C+, and C.

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