This art history course emphasizes the diverse historical and cultural contexts of Western art, with an introduction to art from a variety of cultures beyond the Western tradition. Students learn to examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression, including architecture, painting, and sculpture, as a reflection of a given civilization and time period.
Issues such as patronage, gender, and the functions and effects of a work of art will also be emphasized. This class will give students the opportunity to use their knowledge of history, geography, politics, religion, languages, literatures and the visual arts as they learn who created what, when, and most importantly, why they did it.
The curriculum is modeled after introductory college level art history survey courses and reflects the College Board AP Art History Course Description. The class covers art chronologically from Pre-historic times through to the Post-Modern Era. At least two field trips will be planned. The Advanced Placement Art History Examination, given in May, is a requirement for all students. This art history course is open to any junior or senior who meet the following prerequisites.