AP Art History

    Mary Lardiere

    Northern Highlands Regional High School
    Email: lardierem@northernhighlands.org


    AP Art History Summer Assignment

    Mrs. Lardiere


    The summer assignment has 2 components.  The second part is suggested since it may be difficult given the current situation with COVID.  I encourage you to complete part 2 if possible, but it is not required.


    Part 1:

    Please read the novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier.  As you read, pay special attention to the details surrounding the differences between Protestant and Catholic imagery and life in 17th century Delft, Holland.


    Part 2 (suggested):

    Visit a museum.  This may not be possible given that many museums remain closed or at a very limited capacity at this time.  You may also choose to do a virtual visit, since many museums have this option.  Below are links to 2 options for a virtual visit.  Areas you should explore are Roman, Greek, Egyptian and African Art.


    The Louvre: https://www.youvisit.com/tour/louvremuseum


    The Metropolitan Museum of Art: https://www.youvisit.com/tour/themet


    This is a Western Art history course, with some inclusion of art from other cultures.  This course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory course taken by students majoring in art or liberal arts.  This course follows the syllabus prescribed by the College Board. The class will chronologically cover topics ranging from ancient cave art, Egypt, Greece, and Rome to art in the 21st century. 


    All students will be able to:

    identify major works of art and styles

    recognize periods and cultures

    practice formal analysis of artworks

    outline and take useful notes

    compare and contrast artwork

    use art vocabulary to express opinions in art

    realize the role museums have in the world

    The NEW AP Art History is based on three BIG IDEAS that students will be asked to discover, research, interpret, acknowledge, and understand fully.  They are:


    Big Idea 1:  Artists manipulate materials and ideas to create an aesthetic object, act, or event Essential Question:  What is art and how is it made?

    Learning Objective1.1: Students differentiate the components of form, function, content, and/or context of a work of art

    Learning Objective1.2: Students explain how artistic decisions about art making shape a work of art

    Learning Objective1.3: Students describe how context influences artistic decisions about creating a work of art.

    Learning Objective 1.4: Students analyze form, function, content, and/or context to infer or explain the possible intentions for creating a work of art

    Big Idea 2:  Art making is shaped by tradition and change Essential Question: Why and how does art change?

    Learning Objective 2.1: Students describe features of tradition and/or change in a single work of art or in a group of related works

    Learning Objective 2.2: Students explain how and why specific traditions and/or changes are demonstrated in a single work or group of related works

    Learning Objective 2.3: Students analyze the influence of a single work of art or group of related works on other artistic production

    Big Idea 3: Interpretations of art are variable.

    Essential Question:  How do we describe our thinking about art?

    Learning Objective 3.1: Students identify a work of art

    Learning Objective 3.2: Students analyze how formal qualities and/or content of a work of art elicit(s) a response

    Learning Objective 3.3: Students analyze how contextual variables lead to different interpretations of a work of art

    Learning Objective 3.4: Students justify attribution of an unknown work of art

    Learning Objective 3.5: Students analyze relationships between works of art based on their similarities and differences


    Grading Policy:


    Tests: Approx 100 points

    Quizzes (announced & unannounced): Approx  40 points    

    Homework / Essays / Presentations: Approx  20-40 points


    To ascertain your grade add the total number of points you earn and divide it by the total amount of points that could have been earned. For example, if you earn 280 pts. out of 325 pts., your grade will be 86%.

    Most tests will be similar to the format of the A.P. Exam including:

                            Multiple Choice

                            Slide Identification

                            Short Essay


    Dates of tests will be announced ahead of time, for appropriate time for study.

    Quizzes can take place at any time and can be unannounced.  I will usually allow for you to use your notes during a quiz. 

    You should be expected to read approximately 8-10 pages per night in addition to any other assignments.



    Notebook with perforated pages

                 3 ring binder for storing handouts




                Gardner’s “Art Through the Ages”


    With each reading assignment, you will be responsible for all italicized terms you come across.  You are to write them down in your notebook to study from.  It is also necessary to take notes during your reading assignment since much of class time will be spent discussing specific artworks.

    Suggested text:

     The Annotated Mona Lisa by Carol Strickland

    AP Art History Exam Review Book

    Attendance and Expectations: (all school rules apply)


                Come to class prepared

                Be on time for class

                Work missed should be made up promptly

                Reading assignments are essential to succeeding in class

                Outside museum visits are greatly encouraged

    Please note that this class will be taught to prepare you to take the Advanced Placement Art History Exam.  Even if you do not wish to take the exam, it is highly recommended.  While it is a challenge, the benefits are rewarding.  We will have review sessions to prepare you for the exam and take several practice exams beforehand.  The exam is in May and we will be moving quickly so that we can cover all the material.  Since the class may go towards your college credits, it will be taught in a college level fashion.  You are expected to be responsible for the assignments and due dates.  For all assignments that are handed in late, there will be a loss of points for each day late.



    Occasionally, I like to show films in class that are based on the lives of artists or events in art history. Students are not penalized for not viewing the film.  Many times I only show portions of the films.  Please feel free to contact me with any concerns.  I have listed some of the films below.


    • Thomas Crown Affair
    • DaVinci Code
    • Fur: Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (clips)
    • Frida
    • Basquiat
    • Pollock
    • The DaVinci Code
    • Girl with the Pearl Earring
    • Agony and the Ecstasy
    • Gladiator
    • Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
    • Simon Schama’s Power of Art Series (BBC)
    • The Last Days: Pompeii
    • PBS Empires Collection
    • PBS Art 21
Last Modified on June 18, 2020