Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What are the things you learn in AP Art History?

They have a pretty good website that gives you some bells and whistles explaining the kinds of things you’ll looking at an AP course.

AP Art History - Students - AP Courses - The College Board

However, I’ve also looked over the exams and it seems pretty consistent with a college-level art history course.
https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-art-history-course-and-exam-description.pdf


Basically what most teachers are going for in AP art history is for the student to get a grasp of the physical history, meaning paintings drawings sculpture and architecture, of each period in history. It’s not a lot of students think that what you do is you talk about how pretty or wonderful work of art is. It’s a little bit more fact-based. You have to memorize geographic locations, periods, cultures, civilizations, dates, titles, and artists’ names.


One of the things that the AP test has on it is a five paragraph essay, this is a standard format for writing college-level essays, in which you compare and contrast to works of art. Usually what you have to do is talk about what the thing share or how they’re different in terms of, what the artist means or the symbols used on it, the physical form of it, this includes what it’s made of, the type of paint or stone or material used to make it, and some more in-depth physical description. You should probably also in this essay discuss little bit about the work of arts’ placement in geographic location and historical context.

This is a free resource with pretty good videos about the major works of art you would have to study on YouTube. AP Art History | Arts and humanities | Khan Academy

I have a couple of online art history courses that should help you if you take it.
Art and Art History Academy