AP Art History



AP Art History


Ms. Smith  Room A7



Course Description

Art history is designed to be a college level survey course approved by College Board. Students will learn various artworks beginning with Paleolithic painting/sculpture, and ending with Post-Modernist contemporary artists. The course will spend the most time on Renaissance art to the 21st century. We will explore ancient through the Medieval ages, and global arts including Africa, the ancient North and South Americas, Asia, Near East, Oceania, and Islamic traditions. Throughout the year the students will be guided by Essential Questions put forth by College Board; What is art and how is it made? Why and how does art change? How do we describe our thinking about art? 

Students will learn art history through experiencing art, contextual and visual analysis, lectures, activities, discussions, writing, reading, and understanding art vocabulary. They will learn to develop their skill in analyzing works of art including paintings, drawings, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, and printmaking. An emphasis will be put on learning works of art through context, styles, and meaning to determine century, culture, and artist.

Students will:

1. Contextualize and analyze global artworks using form, function content, and context

2. Gain a deep understanding of the meaning of artworks

3. Apply complex terminology to artworks, artists' styles, and art movements

4. Learn to communicate at a post-secondary level

5. Experience some art creating throughout the year

6. Analyze traditions and change through global connections

7. Interpret works of art by analyzing contextual variable

8. Recognize and identify title, artist, date, and materials of works of art and architecture

Suggested In-Class Texts

1) Fred S. Kleiner & Christin J. Mamiya, Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, 14th Edition

ISBN # 9780495915423

*College Board has provided a new list of 250 artworks that students are responsible for. This textbook does not include all of the artworks on this list. Students MUST go to additional web or print resources. I will provide you with as many resources as I can through the class website. Students are able to find this textbook at the sites listed below for a reasonable price. Students can also check with previous students to purchase for a lower price. Please see your counselor in private if you have any issues. The library also has copies that you can check out for the year.

2) Debra J. DeWitt, Ralph M. Larmann, & M. Kathryn Shields Gateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts

ISBN # 978-0500291917

Supplemental Films

Individual videos from Smart History and Khan Academy

  • Art:21—Art in the Twenty-first Century. Produced by Wesley Miller and Ana Otero for PBS

                    Home Video. Distributed by PBS, 2001–2007. DVD.

  • Banksy, Exit Through the Gift Shop, 2010
  • Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris, 2011

Student Supplementary Websites

  Ms. Smith’s website (the most important site) www.smithtohs.com

  College Board, Student AP Art History www.collegeboard.org

  SmartHistory, Presented by KhanAcademy www.smarthistory.khanacademy.org

Student Materials

Students will be responsible to bring to class everyday:​

  1. Binder dedicated to this course
  2. Note taking paper
  3. Pen/Pencil

Student Evaluation

Points based system

Tests/Quizzes     - points vary each quiz/test

Homework Templates     - 10 points each

Individual Presentations  - 100 points each (3 total)

Group Presentation  - 300 points

End of Year Project  - 200 points

NO LATE WORK IS ACCEPTED except for excused absences ONLY!

*** Excused Absences: Class work missed is due the day you return without penalty. Not knowing about homework/class work will not be accepted as an excuse as all work and assignments are given well in advance in several formats and always listed on Ms. Smith’s website. Utilize your groups to get information about what you missed.

*** Missed Tests: Tests/Exams/Quizzes need to be made up the 2 days after you return (ONLY AT LUNCH, BEFORE SCHOOL, OR AFTERSCHOOL NOT DURING CLASS).- No exceptions and no excuses will be accepted for not having time to study. You must come to me to schedule a time to make up quizzes and tests. If you do not take the test/quiz when you return, your score will remain a zero.

Classroom Expectations (Students)

- Please be respectful, polite, and thoughtful to your peers, especially opinions and during discussions, class    

materials, and to your teacher.

- It is your responsibility to be prepared for class and have all materials

- You have wonderful and insightful ideas and opinions and we can’t wait to hear them. DO NOT  

copy/plagiarize anyone else’s ideas or opinions. Cheating/copying is absolutely NOT tolerated and will    

result in an F grade for the assignment. If you do agree with/like another’s opinion, SAY IT- just give proper   

credit to the original author and cite your facts. 

- Class time is YOUR time.  Leave all other subjects at the door. Do not be working on assignments for other classes.          When you come inside, breathe; be ready for Art History and focus. This class, as with any AP class, requires your full attention and commitment.Let’s use it wisely and have fun to achieve our daily and long term goals!


-Ms. Smith