The AP Art History required course content is represented within a specific image set of 250 works of art categorized by geographic and chronological designations, beginning with works from global prehistory and ending with global contemporary works. The image set includes thumbnail images of each work of art accompanied by identifying information: title or designation, name of the artist and/or culture of origin, date of creation, and materials.
Artists manipulate materials and ideas to create an aesthetic
object, act, or event.
What is art and how is it made?
1.1: Students differentiate the components of form, function, content, and/or context of a work of art.
1.2: Students explain how artistic decisions about art making shape a work of art.
1.3: Students describe how context influences artistic decisions about creating a work of art.
1.4: Students analyze form, function, content, and/or context to infer or explain the possible intentions for creating a specific work of art.
big idea 2
Art making is shaped by tradition and change.
Why and how does art change?
2.1: Students describe features of tradition and/or change in a single work of art or in a group of related works.
2.2: Students explain how and why specific traditions and/or changesare demonstrated in a single work or group of related works.
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
How do we describe our
thinking about art?
3.1: Students identify a work of art.
3.2: Students analyze how formal qualities and/or content of a work of art elicit(s) a response.
3.3: Students analyze how contextual variables lead to different interpretations of a work of art.
3.4: Students justify attribution of an unknown work of art.
3.5: Students analyze relationships between works of art based on their similarities and differences.