AP Art History

Course Description:
Our God is the Master Artist and has instilled in us the ability to respond to Him and His world in artistic ways. Within AP® Art History, students will explore the interconnections between art, culture, and historical context using critical analysis through the critical lenses of artistic expression, cultural awareness, purpose, and biblical truth. Using a defined art historical skill set and reflective learning, students will analyze relationships across cultures with a global lens. They will evaluate how successful these artistic endeavors have been in reflecting God’s nature and glorifying Him. They will also explore the impact of deprived beliefs and fallen humanity on artistic expression. The examination of how people have responded to and communicated their experiences and worldview through art will enable students to think conceptually and biblically about art ranging from prehistoric to contemporary. Students will be active participants, engaging with art and its context as they read, research, and collaborate to learn about art, artists, art making, and responses to and interpretations of art.

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Recommended Prerequisites:
Course intended for Juniors and Seniors. Successful completion of World History and high-level reading and writing skills are strongly recommended. Prior art training is not a prerequisite nor does the course cater exclusively to future Art History majors. Students will be exposed to a college-level course.

Grade Level:
11th – 12th Grade recommended

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Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (1 credit, 12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Biblical Integration Information:
Our Creative God, the origin of all truth and beauty, employs many methods and means to reveal truth to mankind according to His good will and pleasure. We can see His truth beautifully displayed in all parts of His Creation. Humanity can glorify his creative God and enjoy God’s creative provision by participating in the creative arts and gaining an appreciation of His creative masterpieces. While fallen humanity often seeks to elevate lies, evil, and the ugliness of the curse as beautiful and valuable, true art is an expression that points to God’s redeeming love and truth. Therefore, we should seek to develop our creative gifts for the purpose of enjoying our Creator and promoting truth and the innate beauty of God and His Creation to our fellow-man. To see how these truths are specifically explored in this course, visit the course information page in the course and click on “Guiding Principles.”

Required Purchased Materials:
This course does not require the purchase of any books for successful completion of this course. However, several books are listed in the course as great art resources.