Details on our Not-A-Field-Trip to the High!

Hey, guys! So here are the details on our Not-A-Field-Trip to the High Museum in Atlanta:

  1. Our awesome contact at the High is going to let us enter as a school group even though we aren’t going as an official field trip.  This means that your admission fee will be $7.00, which is a REALLY good deal.  You WILL also need to pay for parking if you’re driving down, which will run you $10 to $15 per car– so I would STRONGLY advise carpooling and splitting the cost, if at all possible.
  2. We will meet outside the main entrance of the High Museum in Atlanta at 12 PM tomorrow (Saturday, May 20th)– there’s a courtyard surrounded on three sides by buildings, and a long entryway of glass doors, where you go to buy tickets.  You’ll park in the parking garage at the Woodruff Arts Center, and then take the elevator UP to the courtyard of the museum.  When you get out of the elevator, you’ll see a brightly colored statue of a house with twisted perspective– head straight across the courtyard to your left.  (If you look to your right, you’ll be able to see a bronze by Rodin, given to the High by France as a remembrance of a group of art collectors from Atlanta who died in a plane crash.) You’ll be able to see me, and you can also contact me on Remind.  I’ll be sending out my personal cell to the Remind in a moment in case of emergency– use the information WISELY.
  3. If you plan on entering with us and using the $7.00 group price, you MUST be at the museum by noon.  If you get there afterwards, you’ll have to purchase a regular student entrance fee, because we’ll already be inside.
  4. I intend to be there from 12 to 3 PM, but as this is not a field trip, if you want to stay later– with the permission of your parents, of course– the museum is open until 5 PM.

If you need more information on parking and directions, you can find out more here, at the High’s website.

I’m looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!


AP Art History Final Project: Adding to the Canon!

During the course of this class, we have discussed more than 250 works—those determined by the College Board to be the “canon” of global Art History.  Your project, which will serve as your final exam, is to select, research, justify, and present the addition of THREE new works to the canon.  That is, you will make a case to add three works which are NOT currently part of our curriculum, and you will do so in the form of a seven to ten minute presentation by the date of the final exam.

Here are your guidelines:

  • Your selected works may NOT be the same as those selected by any other student. I will share a sign-up sheet through Google docs on Monday, May 8th at 7:30 AM and you will be able to see which works your colleagues have chosen.  Sign-ups are first come, first served.
  • Your works must come from AT LEAST two different art historical periods. That is, you cannot have all three works from the global contemporary period.  You may have TWO from that period, but the third must be from another art historical period.
  • One of your works MUST be non-Western. This is not negotiable.
  • Your presentation must do the following:
    • Fully contextualize each work. What is its historical background and context?  Who is the artist?  Materials?
    • Provide a fully formal analysis of each work.
    • Connect each work you have chosen to AT LEAST one existing work in the College Board image set. What is it similar to?  Different from?  Why?
    • Justify WHY each work should be included in the College Board image set. Why is this something which should be a part of the canon?  Why is it wrong to leave this work out?

The manner of your presentation is up to you.  You may make a PowerPoint, a video– maybe a commercial or campaign ad?– or any other means of presenting the required material—the only limitation is the time, which is a strict seven to ten minutes.  Being short on time or going over will result in a deduction of points in your final grade.  You should strive to be creative, informative, and polished in your presentation.

Final Presentation Dates:

Wednesday, May 17th


Friday, May 19th

Monday, May 22nd

(You will note that our final day of class– Wednesday, May 24th– does not have any presentations associated with it.  This is deliberate, in case of absences, or in case we need to push some presentations back for the purpose of time.)

Study Saturday at the Mountain!

Anxious about the upcoming AP Art History exam?  Want to spend Earth Day outside?  Well, then, you should come to our Saturday study session tomorrow (April 22nd) from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.  We’ll be going over major artistic movements, formal analysis skills, contextualization, and chronology.  You should plan on bringing:

  • Your field notebooks! (I told you they’d be useful.)
  • Sunscreen
  • A blanket or towel to sit on
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Frisbees, maybe? We’ll take breaks, I promise.

This will be a drop-in, drop-out session, so don’t worry if you can’t come for the whole session.  I’ll be there for the whole three hours, so feel free to drop by when you can.


Now.  Because it’s going to be a Saturday, we will NOT be trying to park anywhere near the visitors’ center of the park.  Instead, please park at the lot on Old 41.  Then, follow the sidewalk up to the paved walking path (it’s the Noonday Creek trail– one that can take you to the visitors’ center), and TURN LEFT.  Walk across the bridge over the railroad tracks, and you’ll see an open field on your left.  That’s Activity Area 1, and that’s where I’ll be.  Check the tree line– I’m gonna stake out some shade, for I am pale and the sun is frightening.

Here, check out a map:


And if you need specifics, go here and get directions to the Old 41 parking lot for Kennesaw Mountain park from your house!

And remember, if you have a hard time finding me, send me a note via Remind– I’ll definitely have my phone on me.

Unit Eight Online Study Session!

You know the drill, guys!  I’ll be doing a livestream study session from 6:00 to 7:00 PM tonight on YouTube, and you can watch and ask questions live in the chat section.  You can also tweet @GallowayTeaches, and I’ll answer your question on air so you can watch later if you like:

and here, because I’m dumb:

You can also find the Unit Eight Study guide here:

Unit Eight Study Guide

And remember– just because Frank Lloyd Wright can design a masterwork of American architecture in two hours doesn’t mean that’s a good model for academic success.

Medieval Art Study Session!

All right, guys– I told you this would be a quick one!  It’s already time to study for another AP Art History test.  Here’s the study guide: Unit Five Study Guide, and here’s the link to the livestream on YouTube.  Remember, you can watch live and type questions in to the chat on the right hand side, or you can tweet questions to me @GallowayTeaches, and I’ll answer them on air so you can watch later.

Happy studying, and I’ll see you guys soon!



Study Session and Review Guide for Unit Four!

We’ll have another online study session tonight (March 6th) from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  In order to participate live, go to the YouTube Live site linked here, and ask your questions in the chat box.  If you’re planning on watching the recorded session, you can find it below.  Remember you can also tweet questions to me @GallowayTeaches and I’ll answer them online!

Additionally, you’ll find the Unit Four Study Guide located here!

Sculpture and the Ancient Mediterranean

One of the most significant topics we will discuss this unit will be the evolution of the depiction of the human form through Egyptian, Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman sources.  Therefore, to help you focus on the different forms and methods of representations you will encounter, YOU are going to recreate FOUR of the following sculptures in photographs, which you will submit to Ms. Galloway through email. Please send your finished photographs as EITHER files attached to an email with the heading “Sculpture and the Ancient Mediterranean” or share the photographs through Google Drive with Ms. Galloway using the email address cgalloway@nchsmagnet.

DO NOT USE MS. GALLOWAY’S COBBK12 ADDRESS.  This assignment is due at the start of class on Tuesday, February 28th.


  1. Your photographs must be submitted in digital form, so you will need access to either a digital camera OR a cellphone camera. Take advantage of this medium as fully as possible: if you’re familiar with photo editing, feel free to alter the original photographs to make them more accurate depictions of the work in question.  Your photograph must capture the full sculpture, so make sure you get everything in the frame that needs to be.
  2. Your photographs must recreate the sculpture as faithfully as possible in terms of body position and posture, expression, and composition. If it is APPROPRIATE for you to recreate the style of dress, please do so—but keep in mind that whatever is in the photograph MUST be something you could wear to school without violating dress code.  Consider using makeup, props, and hairstyles to recreate each work.
  3. Your photographs should also take into consideration the CONTEXT of each sculpture—what should be in the background? Try to find appropriate backgrounds for each sculpture, if possible.  These may be artificial (you could draw a backdrop or edit in a background), or real—if you can find a place that resembles the original location, consider using the outdoors as your background.
  4. On a separate sheet of paper, please answer the following questions:

*What transformations do you notice in the body posture and form of statuary during this unit?

* Which sculpture do you personally like the most?  Why?  What is it about the work that appeals to you?

* What was the most challenging of the four statues you chose to recreate?  Why?

* Can you draw any parallels between the sculptures from this unit and those from Unit Three?  What patterns and common formal elements do you notice?

You may choose FOUR of the following works to recreate:

  • Seated scribe.
  • King Menkaure and queen.
  • Anavysos Kouros
  • Peplos Kore from the Acropolis
  • Winged Victory of Smothrace
  • Seated boxer
  • Head of a Roman patrician
  • Augustus of Prima Porta