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AP Art History

The course covers art from the Paleolithic period through postmodernism and is designed to provide students with the same material covered in an introductory college course in art history. Students gain knowledge of architecture, sculpture, painting and other forms within diverse historical and cultural contexts. An emphasis will be placed on visual literacy: the ability to apply art historical methods to the student’s visual environment and how images encode social ideolo-gies. Students examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from a variety of European and Non-European cultures. Writing skills will be important in the description, analysis, and comparison of these works. Attention is given to the interpretation of a work of art based upon its intended use, patronage, audience and the role of both the artist and the work of art in a particular society. Students will learn how art mediates all types of human experiences. Students will be responsible to complete a summer assignment for this course.