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 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 trace the different aesthetic theories and concepts of beauty that have motivated artists past and present. Students become familiar with the masterpieces and masters of art in all periods, so that they can recognize styles and trace influences. They learn to analyze art forms and techniques, increasing their ability to appreciate art. Careful attention to the visual language of iconography helps students unlock hidden meanings in paintings. This course provides the educational foundation for students to take the College Board’s AP® Art History exam.

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

Topics include: a Christian understanding of the nature of art; insights of Hans Rookmaker, and other Christian art historians and philosophers; identifying the styles and tracing the influences of the masterpieces and artists throughout history; art techniques, composition, historical context and iconography. 

Homework Habits: Students typically spend 3 hours a week on reading assignments, discussion board posts and occasional class presentations on works of art.

Suggested Grade Level: 10-12

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

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