ART500: AP Art History (Elective)

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

For a complete list of the materials to be used in this course by your enrolled student, please visit MyInfo. All lists are subject to change at any time.

Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

This course—the equivalent of an introductory college-level course—fosters in students an understanding and knowledge of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within diverse historical and cultural contexts. They examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression, past and present, from a variety of cultures. They also learn to understand works in context, considering such issues as patronage, gender, and the functions and effects of works of art. Students leave this course prepared for the AP exam and for further study in art history.

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Course Length

Two Semesters

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Teacher/school counselor recommendation; prior art training is not required

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Course Outline


Unit 1: Course Overview

  • Course Introduction
  • Getting Started
  • Research Paper: Art History
  • Excelling on the AP Art History Exam

Unit 2: Ancient Art

  • Prehistoric Art
  • Aegean Art
  • Early Classical Art of Ancient Greece
  • Classical and Hellenistic Art of Ancient Greece
  • Entruscan Art
  • Early Roman Art
  • Later Roman Art
  • Exam Preparation Section

Unit 3: Art Beyond European Traditions

  • Art of the Ancient Near East
  • Ancient Egyptian Art
  • Islamic Art
  • Exam Preparation Section

Unit 4: Medieval Art

  • Early Christian Art
  • Byzantine Art
  • Early Medieval Art
  • Romanesque Art
  • Gothic Art
  • Exam Preparation Section

Unit 5: Semester 1 Exam


Unit 6: Renaissance Art

  • Precursors of the Renaissance
  • Early Renaissance
  • Giants of the High Renaissance
  • Mannerism
  • Northern Renaissance
  • Exam Preparation Section

Unit 7: Baroque Art

  • Baroque Art
  • The Golden Age of Dutch Art
  • French Art, 1661-1789
  • Exam Preparation Section

Unit 8: Nineteenth Century Art

  • Neoclassical Art
  • Romaticism
  • Realism and Photography
  • Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
  • Other Late Nineteenth Century Art Styles
  • Nineteenth Century Architecture
  • Exam Preparation Section

Unit 9: Twentieth Century Art

  • Early Twentieth Century Art
  • Twentieth Century Art Between the World Wars
  • Twentieth Century Art After World War II
  • Twentieth Century Architecture
  • Exam Preparation Section

Unit 10: Course Refresher

  • Key Female Artists and Patrons
  • Key Figures in American Art
  • Key Points About Art Beyond the European Tradition
  • Fifty Terms You Absolutely, Positively Have to Know
  • Our Top Picks

Unit 11: Semester 2 Exam

Review Units 1–4: Semester 1 Review

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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling