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. __Dear Artist-Scholars,

You may find that art history is one of the more interesting courses in your high school career. It combines history, philosophy, religion, literature, and art making. The study and practice of these subjects and methods will not only prepare you for the Art History subject test in May but will give you skills and content that will crossover to support other disciplines such as English Literature, European and U.S. History and Visual Art. You will need to spend a few hours a week outside of class reading a variety of source materials, beginning with the early moments of prehistoric man, towards the start of western culture, the union of art and history which includes early forms of writing, sculpture and pictographs, then move into the age-old mysteries and lives of the Egyptian Pharaohs, the great artists of the Italian Renaissance, French Impressionism and the beginnings of modern art, with their utopian visions of Picasso, Matisse, and Warhol, each an unwilling leader of one of the numerous short term art movements of the troubled 20th century. While acquiring this knowledge, as an art history student, you will ultimately learn sophisticated visual literacy strategies to decipher contemporary imagery while inhabiting the roles of historian, essayist, artist and curator.

At the beginning of each unit, browse through the website support links to read background information and watch relevant film clips. All the information on this site will be either addressed during class time, during office hours, through your reading.

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. __Why Study Art History?

Have you ever looked at a photograph, a painting, a building, a sculpture, or even a billboard advertisement and found it so beautiful or perhaps disturbing that you could not take your eyes off it?

While art history is often for people who find images interesting and historically important, this course also provides skills that go far beyond the appreciation of art. One important skill, literacy, is not only the ability to read and evaluate texts, but to function effectively in modern society. Students today need to be visually literate, that is, to have skills enabling them to understand how images displayed in their environment effect actions, desires, and beliefs. Thus, in this art history course we will focus on improving visual literacy while gaining valuable experience as a critical thinker, so that we may effectively investigate different kinds of images and objects from different cultures and eras.

Why Study Art? This Online Powerpoint helps answers this question.

. ___Online Extra Credit

To receive a 4 point addition to your unit/chapter quiz, take the online quiz for the chapter you are studying. First, click on this link, select the correct chapter, review the "Study Guide" for that chapter and then take the "Tutorial Quiz" prior to the classroom quiz. Email the results to your instructor. You will need to get 100% on the quiz to receive the 4 pts.


Content Area 10

Global Contemporary 1980 C.E. to present

Content Area 9

The Pacific 700-1980 C.E.

Content Area 8

South, East and Southeast Asia 300 B.C.E.-1980 C.E

Content Area 7

West and Central Asia 500 B.C.E.-1980 C.E.

Content Area 6

Africa 1100-1980 C.E.

Content Area 5

Indigenous Americas 1000 B.C.E.-1980 C.E.


Content Area 4

Later Europe and Americas 1750-1980 C.E.



Content Area 3

Content Area 2

Ancient Mediterranean 3,500-300 B.C.E.


Content Area 1

Global Prehistory 30,000-500B.C.E.

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