Section: AP Courses, History, Humanities, Schools   |   School: School of Rhetoric

This college-level course surveys the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the cave paintings of Lascaux to the splatterings of Jackson Pollock. Students will gain a Christian understanding of the nature of art via the insights of Francis Schaeffer’s colleague at L’Abri, Hans Rookmaker, and other Christian art historians and philosophers. We will trace the different aesthetic theories and concepts of beauty that have motivated artists past and present. Students will become familiar with the masterpieces and masters of art in all periods, so that they will be able to recognize styles and trace influences. They will be trained in analysis of art’s techniques and vocabulary, which will heighten their ability to appreciate art. Careful attention to the visual language of iconography will help them unlock hidden meanings in paintings. Students will be well prepared to take the College Board’s AP® Art History exam.

Assignments will include presentations and written analysis of art; quizzes and tests designed to aid in mastery of the canon; and historical, comparative, and stylistic analysis of paintings and sculptures, sight unseen.

This course earns 1 credit that can be used to fulfill the Fine Arts graduation requirement or as an academic elective.

Suggested Grade Level: 10-12

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