||AP Art History
It's more than just pretty pictures...
This non-studio art course offers students the opportunity to explore, in depth, the history of western and non-western art from ancient times to the present. Students may earn up to 3 hours of credit per semester (or 6 hours for the year!)through UMSL by enrolling in this course and paying the university’s course fees; the 2013-14 fees are $60/credit hour, which is an incredible savings! Please note that the class will be taught at the same level as an entry-level college class. Through readings, research, slides, and videos, students will view significant artworks from around the world. Writing skills will be important in the description, analysis, and comparison of these works.
(from the class syllabus)
It's all about art, but it's taught with a generous bit of world history so that students appreciate the art for what it was meant to be and not simply "what we see" in the 21st century. This class is a lot of fun, but also a lot of work! Due to the nature of art history, classes will generally be taught in a lecture style, and students are expected to take notes over the lectures. Although much of the information presented will also be available in the textbook (Janson's History of Art: The Western Tradition, 7th ed.), there are always some images presented in lecture that are not featured in the book and/or reading; the nonwestern cultures featured in the class are mainly presented using slideshows, articles, and lecture. Students will learn about cultures throughout the world via art, and putting art within its historical and cultural context is crucial to this class. Students need an open, inquisitive mind for this class, but it will be rewarded in more ways than simply knowing "what's what" and "who's who" in an art museum or while watching Jeopardy! It's likely that the world will never be seen the same way again!
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Art of the Western World
***Highly recommended viewing by Mrs. Glessner!***
This website is a great resource, whether you're looking to review material or have another viewpoint over the art and history in the western tradition. This site begins with the art of the Greeks and continues through contemporary art.
History of the "Western World"
Although the look of the videos is dated and the lecturer Eugen Weber may intially seem a bit stuffy, the material and history presented is top-notch! This website covers the history and Western civilizations from pre-history through late 20th century, including Egyptian and Mesopotamian, and has excellent coverage of the Middle Ages through the turn of the 20th century (a.k.a. Fin de Siecle).
GATE & Art History
Hillsboro R-3 School District
Hillsboro, MO 63050