The Art History AP course offers a chronological, and comparative, survey of Art of the Western world from the Paleolithic to Modern era.  Although the emphasis of the course lies in the development of artistic traditions of the Western world, students will be introduced to Non-Western traditions, aesthetics, and approaches to artmaking.  Throughout the course, students will evaluate, perform criticism, and discuss applications and functions of a wide variety of artworks in both contextual and visual contexts.  The roles of gender, religion, mythologies, ethnicity, politics, and patronage will be explored throughout the course.

Throughout the Art History AP course, you will learn to:

  • Develop critical thinking skills in relation to analyzing the conceptual and visual message of an artwork.
  • Explore the influences of politics, gender, religion, mythology, ethnicity, and patronage in the creation of an artwork.
  • Learn to apply the art criticism process in the interpretation and analysis of artworks.
  • Learn and apply new vocabulary terms related to the arts, historical, and thematic units.
  • Identify key elemental changes that have occurred throughout the chronological progression of art.
  • Compare and contrast developments occurring within and between diverse cultures.

Art History AP Course Information
Study System Approaches
Approaches to Free Response Questions
Modern Aesthetic Theories
Postmodern Aesthetic Theories


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