This course focuses on the history of art from ancient times to the present from a holistic and global perspective. Students will study the major movements, artists, forms, styles, techniques, and influences that have shaped art from the earliest existing records of human expression. Necessary vocabulary and visual analysis skills will be emphasized for the purposes of describing form, content, function, and context of pieces, and for reading artist’s intent of expression in works and comparing and contrasting different artworks within and between cultures. Theories and interpretations of art will be examined from the viewpoints of both artist and audience. Thematic studies will guide students to see common threads in human expression across cultures and time. Students will also explore ways art and architecture facilitate worship and reinforce values. The course will investigate the connection of art to world religious and philosophical traditions to build a framework for the examination of myriad artworks.
AP Art History (College Art Appreciation)
Notes and Requirements
Flexible Scheduling: This course may be taken with live class attendance reduced or waived (recording only) if the student has a time zone or schedule conflict. Select this option when you enroll or notify TPS for approval.
Twice the Teaching: This course now provides two class days of instruction each week — twice as much as before.
AP Exam Scores: For more information on TPS AP-certified courses and exam results, see this page. AP® is a trademark owned by the College Board, which is not affiliated with, and does not endorse, this course. This course syllabus has received College Board AP® review and approval.
College Credit: This course is pre-approved for college credit (Belhaven ART 215, 3 credits). Upon successful completion of this course, the student may apply for a college transcript from Belhaven University for this course. These transcripted credits may be transferred to other colleges. Students who are not planning to take the AP Art History exam should enroll in TPS College Art Appreciation instead of this course. More information is here.