AP Art History

The AP Art History course is equivalent to a two-semester college survey course exploring the nature of art, art making, and responses to art. By investigating the specific course content of 250 works of art characterized by diverse artistic traditions from prehistory to the present, students develop an in-depth, holistic understanding of the history of art from a global perspective. Students become active participants in the global art world, engaging with its forms and content. They experience, research, discuss, read, and write about art, artists, art making, responses to, and interpretations of art.


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Unit 1: Introduction to AP Art History

  • Elements of Art
  • Principles of Design
  • APAH Course Structure

Unit 2: Art Before Written Record

  • Prehistoric Painting
  • Prehistoric Sculpture
  • Prehistoric Architecture

Unit 3: Ancient Lands

  • Sumerian Art
  • Babylonian and Assyrian Art
  • Persian Empire
  • Egyptian Art
  • Egyptian Architecture

Unit 4: Greece and Rome

  • Archaic Greek Art
  • Classical Greek Art
  • Hellenistic Greek Art
  • Greek Architecture
  • Etruscan Art
  • Roman Architecture
  • Roman Art

Unit 5: Early Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic Arts

  • Early Christian Art and Architecture
  • Byzantine Architecture
  • Byzantine Art
  • Islamic Arts
  • Islamic Architecture

Unit 6: Early Medieval to Gothic

  • Early Medieval Art and Architecture
  • Romanesque Architecture
  • Romanesque Art
  • Gothic Architecture
  • Gothic Arts
  • Italian Gothic

Unit 7: The Rebirth

  • Early Italian Renaissance
  • High Renaissance
  • North European Renaissance
  • Mannerism

Unit 8: Baroque

  • Baroque Architecture
  • Italian and Spanish Baroque
  • Flemish and Dutch Baroque

Unit 9: Colonial Americas

  • New Spain - Spanish Colonies in the Americas


Unit 10: Early Modernism

  • Rococo
  • Enlightenment
  • Neoclassical
  • Romanticism
  • Birth of Photography
  • Realism
  • Impressionism
  • Post-Impressionism
  • Symbolism and Art Nouveau
  • Late 19th Century Art and Architecture

Unit 11: Early to Mid 20th Century Art

  • Expressionism
  • Cubism
  • Dada and Surrealism
  • Constructivism and DeStijl
  • Social Realism
  • Abstract Expressionism
  • Pop Art and Superrealism
  • Modern and Post-Modern Architecture

Unit 12: Global Art

  • West and Central Asia
  • India
  • Early Chinese Artworks
  • Chinese Artworks After 1000CE
  • Japan
  • Korea and Southeast Asia
  • Chavin Art and Architecture
  • Mayan Art and Architecture
  • Aztec Art and Architecture
  • Inka Art and Architecture
  • Native American Art and Architecture
  • African Sculpture
  • African Masks
  • African Architecture
  • Micronesian Art
  • Polynesian Art
  • New Zealand and Papua New Guinea
  • Rapa Nui and Fiji

Unit 13: Global Contemporary

  • Contemporary Architecture
  • Contemporary Paintings
  • Contemporary Sculpture
  • Photo and New Media
  • Installation and Site Specific

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