Category Archives: Art History

AP Drawing to Understand Composition

“Drawing is a way to see.”  Since the early 1800’s art educators have put forth the idea that drawing is just one more way to understand a topic, whether it is a diagram to show a process, a map to … Continue reading

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AP Critique: Orozco

Today in class we went over the critique method.  A breakdown of the critique method can be found here. We then had some time in class to begin writing a critique of the work seen below. If you did not get … Continue reading

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AP Meet Smarthistory.org

Smarthistory.org can be an excellent resource and supplemental tool for your studies. For this homework assignment, I want you to bump around the smarthistory website and kind of explore what is available to you.  As you do so, I would … Continue reading

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AP Find Me: Elements and Principles

Your assignment is to find images which demonstrate each of the following terms: Formal Balance Informal Balance Color (intense) Line Proportion (unusual) Rhythm Texture Unity (aka harmony) Value Variety For the images I only want graphic, advertising, or popular art.  … Continue reading

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AP Mega Ultimate Super Extreme Tableaux Vivant (of certain doom)

There are really two reasons we do Tableaux Vivant. The first is to make you truly consider what the important details of an artwork are – if someone could only show you a select detail or two, what would those … Continue reading

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AP Your Favorite Artwork

Bring in a printed copy of your favorite artwork to class on Monday, May 11th.  Our next assignment will involve this image.  It needs to be a hard copy – not one on your phone or other device. This is a formative grade.

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AP Timeline: Realism to Dada

You are to construct an original timeline.  The timeline must do the following things: The timeline must include the required artworks, artistic periods, and historic dates listed below. The timeline must demonstrate the sequential nature of some of these events. The timeline must also demonstrate the overlapping nature of some of these events.  How you […]

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AP Better Know an Artist: 4th Quarter

One of the challenges of this class is giving you a good sense of who these artists are. Sometimes we are restricted to studying a single piece, which does not give you a good sense of what they did, what they were about, and what they brought to the art world. To address this, we […]

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Critique: Bar at the Follies Bergere

Write a critique of the attached artwork.  For your convenience, the title of the work and the artist’s name are included in the name of the file.  Feel free to do a little research if you need to. We need … Continue reading

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AP Sacred Spaces

The following is a released question which appeared on an AP test a few years ago.  Your assignment is to fully answer the question being asked of you, as if you were taking an AP test.  You are allowed (and … Continue reading

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