AP Art History

Course Number: 647/648

Open To:
Grades 10-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: Visual & Performing Arts “F” requirement. Satisfies one year of VAPA graduation requirement.

Course Description:

The AP Art History course gives serious students the opportunity to explore the history of art from ancient times to the present. The visual language of humans illuminates each age and culture more clearly than any other form of communication. Through readings, research, viewing images and videos, virtual and real visits to art museums and galleries, students will come to know the significant artists and artworks from diverse historical and cultural contexts. Students will examine the development of trends, movements, and events in art and see how they reflected or affected the times in which they occurred. Writing skills will be important in the description, analysis, and comparison of these works. Students will be asked to look at, research, discuss, and write about art in relation to such issues as patronage, gender, politics, religion, and ethnicity. They will be expected, through carefully structured assignments, to exhibit an extensive scholarship in conjunction with these experiences in preparation for the AP Art History Exam.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Art: A Brief History (6th Edition) (9780133843750): Stokstad, Marilyn, Cothren, Michael W.: Books.

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes