AP Art History Timeline
AP Art History examines the development of art and architecture from antiquity to today, teaching learners to evaluate, contextualize, interpret, compare, and contrast works of art as they develop critical and analytical skills that they can apply across disciplines. Over 20,000 students took the AP Art History exam last May with 55% passing it; though not one of the 10 hardest AP classes, AP Art History remains challenging and requires time spent practicing for its exam to excel on performance.
No class can truly be subjective as its difficulty will depend on individual learning styles and strengths; however, there are objective measurements to assess its difficulty. Art History tends to be considered more challenging than most AP classes due to its wide-ranging subjects: regions, art styles, artists as well as an exam that tests these various skills including reading research critical analysis writing etc.
AP Art History courses are divided into ten content areas that represent 250 pieces, which learners must study and comprehend to pass the AP Art History exam. Each piece can be broken down by artistic style, materials used and cultural background – an understanding of these categories is key when answering free-response questions on test day.
These questions involve asking learners to provide multiple interpretations of a work of art from its meaning to its art historical relevance, identify any relationships between said work of art and an artistic movement, tradition or practice and write a short essay using evidence from course material as their support.
During the Renaissance period, artists produced works that celebrated nature. Additionally, they began depicting people more realistically. Additionally, artists used curvier lines than straight ones in order to add femininity and playfulness – this movement became known as Rococo.
At this time, architecture was increasingly composed of brick and stone structures decorated with frescoes. Additionally, a new technique called perspective was being utilized in paintings and sculpture to give 2D objects the appearance of depth by means of lines that met up at an invisible point on canvas or sculpture known as the vanishing point.
Albert can help you prepare for the AP Art History exam with its collection of practice questions and full-length practice tests, offering hundreds of practice questions as well as full-length AP Art History exams. Furthermore, it’s helpful to practice under test conditions – simulating an actual AP exam’s atmosphere – in order to familiarize yourself with its time restrictions, format and expectations. Taking an easier AP class before beginning AP Art History may also ease into its workload more smoothly.