AP Art History

Advanced Placement Art History

Ms. Harris – Maria.Harris@sweetwaterschools.org

Course description
AP Art History is a chronological survey of architecture, painting, sculpture and photography of the western tradition and selected works beyond European artistic traditions (Africa, China, India, Japan, Meso-America, and South America). Emphasis is placed on contextual analysis and the study of the development of style within cultures, epochs and artist’s careers. Strategies of comparative analysis of works of art are also introduced and practiced in class discussion, presentations, written assignments, and tests. Formal analysis using the elements of art, principles of design and composition, and various strategies and models presented in class specifically referenced to each art form are also introduced and developed throughout the year. Some attention is also placed on the history of technique and art making.

The recommended prerequisites


  • How many hours of homework are given per week?  4-6 hours per week
  • How often are we tested?  There are weekly comprehension quizzes over required readings followed by tests, approximately every 2-3 weeks, with cumulative exams 3 times a semester.
  • How often do we write an essay? First semester writing emphasis is on identification and
  1. Second semester there are formal on-demand writing prompts every 2-3 weeks.