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AP Art History

For new and experienced AP teachers

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Align their instruction with the goals of the AP Art History course
  • Identify the skills and knowledge that the exam will assess, and identify the tasks and materials for which students might need more preparation
  • Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course
  • Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction

Workshop Materials

At every AP Art History workshop held by the College Board, each participant receives a copy of the Workshop Handbook, which contains:

  • AP Art History Course Description
  • AP Course Audit information
  • Sample syllabus for AP Art History and a Syllabus Development Guide
  • AP Art History free-response materials (student samples, scoring guidelines and commentary)
  • Multiple-choice questions and answers from the AP Art History 2009 Released Exam

Materials also include an introduction to course and exam redesign slated for the 2015–2016 school year. Eighty percent of workshop content will focus on the current course; and 20 percent focuses on previewing the redesigned course. Participants will receive:

  • The curriculum framework for the redesigned AP Art History course
  • Activities that both explore the structure of the redesigned course and suggest appropriate instructional strategies and practices

Curriculum Module: Mapping Concepts and Themes in AP Art History

What should art history students know and be able to do? How do we get them to become deeply engrossed and absorbed in the discipline? How do we get them to fully understand works of art and be able to analyze them, both visually and contextually? How do we connect works across time in a way that provides a new perspective that can be carried forward? This curriculum module explores two approaches that facilitate student learning in AP Art History — concept mapping and thematic instruction — and suggests strategies for implementing them. The lessons underscore the essential skills of visual and contextual analysis that are of foremost importance in the AP Art History curriculum.

  • Lesson 1: Concept Mapping: Working with Printed Images of Works of Art and the Student Sketchbook
  • Lesson 2: Art in the City — A Thematic Approach
  • Summative Assessment

Note: Curriculum module materials reflect important topics in AP courses, and the materials are meant to provide teachers with resources and classroom ideas. However, curriculum module materials should not be taken as an indication that a particular topic will appear on the AP Exam.