AP Art History Syllabus 


    Primary Text: Kleiner, Fred S., Gardner’s Art Through the Ages. 15th ed. (Thomson/Wadsworth)


    Students will study the elements and vocabulary of painting, architecture and sculpture in their historical context.  The course stresses critical thinking and the ability to articulate what the student sees and knows about the world’s art. This is an introductory-level survey course including art and architecture outside the European Tradition.  The historical art periods studied include the following art periods: Pre-historic, Near-Eastern, Egypt, Ancient Greek and Roman, Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, Romanesque, Gothic, Early and High Renaissance, Baroque, New-Classical, and 19th century Realism and Impressionism.  The pluralism of the 10th century is briefly studied, as is the art of Africa, Asia and the Americas. 


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    Requirements for ALL students enrolled in Advanced Placement Art History

    • Students who do not complete the summer assignments by the required date(s) will be removed from the course or receive a zero for the summer assignments, constituting more than one third of the first quarter grade.

    • Students that have a B+ average or above (with no single quarter grade below a C) will have the national exam paid for by the school district.

    • This average must be maintained until the date of the test.  If the student does NOT maintain the average, the student will pay for the exam.  If the student who pays for the exam receives a 3 or better score on the exam the fee will be reimbursed by the school district.

    • All students enrolled in Advanced Placement Art History will take the National Exam in May. 

    • If a student refuses to take the exam, they will lose the AP weight (1.0) when calculating their Grade Point Average and receive a zero for two test grades in the 4th quarter.

    • Any student failing the class at the end of the first or second quarter will be removed from the course and denoted on his/her transcript with a WF – withdraw failing.

    • Any student who leaves the course with a passing grade will have his/her transcript denoted with a WP- withdraw passing.




    PAPERS, PROJECTS AND EXAMS are weighted to 25%, HOMEWORK is weighted to 25%, CLASS PARTICIPATION is weighted to 25%, and NOTEBOOKS are weighted to 25%, totaling 100%




    All exams are required to be taken.  Any exams missed due to absence must be taken within one week upon return or it will result in a zero grade.


    Cheating: The simple rule of thumb is: Never give or use someone else's code or written answers. Such exchanges are definitely cheating and not cooperation. Disciplinary action will be taken and will result in an automatic zero if you are caught cheating on a test, written answers, papers, plagiarism, copying other student’s work or submitting it as your own




    All assignments are to be submitted at the beginning of the class period on their due date.  Late submissions by no more than one day will receive no more than ½ credit for the assignment.   Work received more than two days late will receive a zero for the assignment.




    Class attendance, cooperation and participation are worth 25% of your total grade. No participation or lack of preparation and cooperation will result in a zero for each day then averaged into the final participation grade.


    ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­I have read and understood the above statements and will accept the appropriate action taken by the teacher for not meeting the AP Art History requirements.


    Student signature ________________________________      Date ___/____/18




    Parent/Guardian signature­­­­­­­­­­­­_________________________    Date ___/____/18