Let the beauty we love be what we do. -Rumi

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Let the beauty we love be what we do.

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- Rumi

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What is Art History?

• From the cave ceilings at Lascaux to the computer  based imagery of today the history of art is a story based imagery of today, the history of art is a story  of the varied forms the human imagination has 

taken in painting sculpture architecture and other taken in painting, sculpture, architecture, and other  media. 

A central aim of art history is to determine theA central aim of art history is to determine the 

original context of works of art in order to 

understand why they look the way they do and understand why they look the way they do and,  most importantly, why they were made at all. 

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About the AP

The Advanced Placement Art History Course is  part of the College Board's Advanced Placement part of the College Board s Advanced Placement  Program. • As with other AP courses, AP Art History allows  high school students to complete college level g p g work. • Students who take AP courses may receive college  course credit.

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APAH @ Rye

• Social Studies elective with a record of AP success • Full‐Year Course

AP Exam in May

Offered to 11th and 12th grade studentsOffered to 11th and 12th grade students

o Artists A E h i o Art Enthusiasts o Students who have never taken an AP o Students with 3 or more AP’s o Boys/Girls

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On‐Going Themes

Integrating Art Beyond the European Tradition Each unit will include key connections to non western – Each unit will include key connections to non‐western 

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Integrating Art Across Time

Integrating Art Across Time 

– Each unit will feature  discussions and a thematic journal  writing assignment that connects art from the past with writing assignment that connects art from the past with  art from the present

Integrating constructs of gender and identity in artIntegrating constructs of gender and identity in art

– Each unit will delve in to how notions of gender and  identity impact artists patrons viewers and art

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The Ancient World

The Ancient World

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The Classical World 

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The Middle Ages

The Middle Ages 

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The Renaissance

The Renaissance 

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Baroque and Rococo

Baroque and Rococo 

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Neo‐Classicism, Romanticism, Realism

Neo Classicism, Romanticism, Realism 

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Impressionism and Post‐Impressionism

Impressionism and Post Impressionism 

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Modern Art to Abstraction 

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Abstraction to ?

Abstraction to ? 

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Course Highlights

Field Trips to Metropolitan Museum of Art, 

Cloisters, and MOMA

The Korous/Kore: Live at RHS – The Classical 

Version of the Bachelor and Bacherlotte Live 

from Athens hostedby Dionysus.

Sacred Spaces Project – In a format of your 

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choosing, compare and contrast the form and 

function of Chartres Cathedral, the Mosque at 

Kairoun the Stupa at Sanchi and one other

Kairoun, the Stupa at Sanchi, and one other 

space you love.

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Course Highlights

• Renaissance  Gala– Come to class as an artist or patron 

from the early Renaissance. Get to know your fellow guests y y g and try to convince them of your genius. Design a party 

plan that reflects the diversity of the Renaissance.

• Vermeer Stories – Using one of Vermeer’s paintings, write a Vermeer Stories Using one of Vermeer s paintings, write a piece of fiction that brings this image to life…tell us what  s/he is thinking.

• Impressionist Facebook project – Create a mock FB page of  an artist in the Impressionist era. Include a gallery, 

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Course Highlights

Pollock T‐shirt Day – Bring in a white t‐shirt 

and “paint” it in the style and action of

and  paint  it in the style and action of 

Jackson Pollock.

A Dinner Party – Design a plate, in honor of 

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plate with the class as we construct this

plate with the class as we construct this 

work of art.

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Benefits of APAH

Benefits of APAH

• Writing and Talking about Art = Critical Thinking • Lifelong LearnersConnections to future careers – (6 current interns at the Frick) • Student ‐ Centered learning = APAH is fun!

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Student Voices

Student Voices

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“ From the creative project assignments to From the creative project assignments to our field trips to museums, AP Art History is truly a unique class that challenges

is truly a unique class that challenges

students to think and write in ways that they have never done in another class ” they have never done in another class.

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“As a first year architecture student, the ,

skills that I learned in APAH have proven to be invaluable in several of my college

courses. The real value of AP Art History, however, is that, unlike some other classes, what you learn regularly extends beyond

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“Art History not only taught me the course Art History not only taught me the course material but also taught me to love and appreciate art. I went into the course appreciate art. I went into the course knowing close to nothing of the subject

matter and walked out wishing that I could matter and walked out wishing that I could learn more. The love of art I got out of AP Art History is something that will stay

Art History is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

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“I took AP Art History last year as a junior I took AP Art History last year as a junior and it completely changed my life. I know that seems dramatic but this class taught that seems dramatic, but this class taught me the values of hard work and

determination ” determination.

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“AP Art History was probably the most AP Art History was probably the most

important class I’ve taken in high school so far APAH is the only class that has driven far. APAH is the only class that has driven me to pursue its content far beyond the

classroom. “ classroom.

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“AP Art History was never a burden; it was “AP Art History was never a burden; it was

a gift that the school blessed me with. I

have a different perspective on history after have a different perspective on history after taking this course. I now think of art as

gifts that history has left behind to remind gifts that history has left behind to remind us of the world’s past achievements; Art History brought the past to life It has

History brought the past to life. It has

taught me about the power of conceptual learning ”

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New Directions

• As of 11/15, 2013, the 2015‐2016 New  C i l A dit d! Curriculum Audit was announced! • APAH and AP World will be aligned! – Increased Focus on Art Beyond European Tradition! – Greater emphasis on Teacher Choice! – Limited Image Set (250)! – Reduced Multiple Choice!

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