Welcome to AP Art History

You are about to embark on a year long adventure that is destined to change your life...if you allow it.  AP Art History has been complete redesigned - so new there is no definitive textbook that will cover all that we need to know - and all of us, teachers, students, and even the College Board, will be discovering a new, more global approach to this amazing study of the history of art.

Take a look at what

College Board has to say about 

APAH 2020 Exam Date:     Friday, May 8, 12:00 p.m. 
Left: Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley (2018) (image © 2018 Kehinde Wiley, courtesy National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution); right: Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama by Amy Sherald (2018) (image courtesy National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution)
What students are saying about the class:
 "Hands down best class I've ever taken. No other class has had such a profound impact on my life outside of school."      - Bea Ross '19
"I'm so glad I took APAH. It was so interesting learning history through art and there was never a dull moment in class."
    - Charlotte Singer '18 
"What art history did for me was help me realize that the world is much more mystical and fascinating than you
think. You study centuries worth of art made by people who had the same life burning questions that we do. None of them are us but yet they all are. What this class did for me was show me how valuable, impactful, and necessary art is to humanity."
    - Luisa Laguisma '19
“AP Art History requires a lot of time and work, but the end result is extremely rewarding. I learned so much and it was exciting to see and make connections about the world around me, the past, and various cultures. This has been my favorite class!” 
    - McKaela Glanville '20
"AP Art History was interesting and inspiring. The work for the class was time consuming but it was worth it. I'm beyond glad I decided to take APAH."
    - Hillary Tighe '19
"I loved taking APAH because the material we learned was engaging and it was fun to make connections between all the different pieces we learned. Also, Mrs. Kuntz taught it and she’s the best- she makes it easy (well, as easy as it can be) to remember the hundreds of pieces and the story behind each one."
    - Lauren Gonsalves '21
"This class challenged my thinking in a way I had never experienced before. I learned so much about not only art, but about the world as a whole."
    - Genevieve Bencze '21

"You haven't lived until you've taken this class."

    - Chloe Powell '21 and Mckaela Granville '20

 

" Taking APAH made me realize all the cross cultural connections that I see in my everyday life" -Chloe and Mckaela 

 

"Taking APAH really opened my eyes to all the art in this world and allowed me to experience art in a way I never could have imagined going into this class" Chloe and Mckaela

 

"I freaking love this class" -Chloe and Mckaela 

Banksy painting 'self-destructs' moments after being sold for $1.4 million at auction!

The iconic image of a girl reaching out for a red, heart-shaped balloon, sold for $1.4 million. Moments later, a shredder hidden inside the "artist's frame" started its work and the art "self-destructed," according to a news release from Sotheby's.

Banksy summed up the stunt with this quote on his Instagram account -- "Going, going, gone ..." along with a picture of stunned onlookers as the shredded art emerges from the bottom of the frame.

"It appears we just got Banksy-ed," Alex Branczik, Sotheby's senior director of contemporary art, said in the news release.

On Saturday, a video posted on Banksy's Instagram account showed the secret shredder being built into the frame "a few years ago ... in case it was ever put up for auction." The artist also posted the Picasso quote - "The urge to destroy is also a creative urge."

There's no word on how the shredder started operating at the key moment after the auction, though it could have been activated by a remote mechanism.

The auction price of $1.4 million for the spray paint and acrylic on canvas Girl with Balloon tied the artist's previous record set in 2008.

AP Art History is based around 3 BIG IDEAS:

  1. What is art and how is it made?

  2. Why and how does art change?

  3. How do we describe our thinking about art?

"I think it's important to look back.  I don't think we do it often enough.  I think sometimes looking back leads to a kind of depression and stasis which isn't good.  But looking forward without any kind of deep historical feeling of connection is no good either."  - Kara Walker

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

A very special thank you to Dr. Robert Coad for his infinite wisdom, amazing workshops, gift of materials and time, and years of support.

Another special thank you to Ms. Marsha Russell for her devotion to teaching and generosity in sharing her materials and knowledge with all of us.

Thank you to Valerie Park for her inspirational AP Art History web site that guided the creation of this site.