Students enrolled in the AP® Art History and Art History courses examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from a variety of cultures spanning 32,000 years of art. Beginning with global prehistory and ending with global contemporary art, students consider influential forces like patronage, politics, class, belief, gender, and ethnicity in their analysis of art forms. Students become active participants in the global art world, engaging with its forms and content, as they experience, research, discuss, read, and write about art, artists, art making, and responses to and interpretations of art. By investigating a specific image set of 250 works of art characterized by diverse artistic traditions from prehistory to the present, the course fosters an in-depth, holistic understanding of the history of art from a global perspective. Students may select the AP® or non-AP® track in this course. AP® students are expected to delve deeper into the topics, take AP®-style assessments, and prepare for the AP® exam in the spring.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of one year of high school history
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