Online Study Session for Unit Two!

Hey there, guys!  I know we still have another day of class before your test on Tuesday, January 31st, but since I have time this weekend I thought we’d go ahead and schedule a study session for today, between 3 and 4 PM.  You can either watch here on the actual YouTube page (that’s where you can type in questions into the chat), or you can watch the embedded video below.  If you can’t use the YouTube chat function, you can tweet me your questions @GallowayTeaches, and I’ll respond in the video.

Here’s the study guide for this unit: Unit Two Study Guide.

Remember, I’ll only broadcast for as long as there are questions, so if I don’t get any questions, I’ll call it quits!

See you there!


Jury Duty Calleth. Sub Work for 1/25.

Ugh.  Sorry guys, but I got the call to go in to the courthouse at 1:30, so I won’t be here for your 4th period class.  That means that I’m going to have to ask you to work through more things on your own, and I’m so sorry.

So!  Here’s what I need from you:

  1. Finish taking notes on the PowerPoint from yesterday.  You’ll find the PPT linked below, as well as an embedded video of Maria Montoya Martinez making her black-on-black Pueblo pottery.  It’s a silent film, but it demonstrates the process of her pottery making REALLY well.  Additionally, if you’re confused by the notes below, check this space this evening, and I’ll have recorded a screencast of me talking through the material.  I can’t do it right this moment, alas, because it would be weird to record a screencast while my other students are working on a different project.
  2. Once you’ve finished taking notes from the pottery PPT, please complete an analysis form for item #166 on your list of 250 key artworks— that’s the Black-on-black ceramic vessel by Maria Montoya Martinez.  You can find additional information on the piece here if you need it.
  3. Then, please complete an analysis sheet on work #163, #164, and #165 if you haven’t already.  Additional material for each of these works can be found linked on this page: Indigenous Americas and Africa.
  4. Once you’ve completed all of these analysis sheets– please use the chart below to gather information on the Aztecs of Mesoamerica by using the the associated PowerPoint.  I know this is dry, but I do need you to address this material before tomorrow.
  5. If you have any time remaining, please go ahead and study for your vocabulary quiz.
  6. Remember, check Remind this evening and I’ll let you know what’s going on with me for tomorrow.  Let’s hope I’m here!

Materials for Today!

  • North American Pottery: This is the PPT we were working off of yesterday.  Finish taking notes on this.
  • Video of Maria Montoya Martinez creating pottery:

  • Information Gathering: Aztec Empire: Please use this chart and the PPT below to gather information on the history of the Aztecs in order to be ready to go for tomorrow.
  • Aztec Empire History: This the PPT you should use in conjunction with the PPT above in order to be ready for tomorrow.

Substitute Work: Native North America!

Okay, guys– you know the drill.  I’m out for jury duty, and I don’t know how long this is going to take.  I’ll be communicating with you through Remind and the class blog, so PLEASE make a point of checking until I’m back.

Today, you’re going to do some group work for me on Native North America– relatively early stuff, contemporaneous with the Maya.  So thus far this unit we’ve discussed the Olmec, the Chavin, the Maya– and now we’ll hit on Hopewell and Ancestral Puebloan, before we move forward on the timeline and hit the Aztec and Inca.

First, I need you to divide into groups of FOUR.  Not five, not seven, not pairs.  FOUR.  Push your desks together into tables so you can work.  (You’ll have to reset the room before you go, though.  Make sure you do, please.)

Then, go and get at LEAST one laptop per group.  There aren’t enough for everyone, but there’s enough for at least one or two per group.  Use the laptops OR your phones to look at the following PowerPoint on early Native North America:

Native North America

Use the information in that PowerPoint to help you complete the information gathering chart which the substitute has.  You will NOT turn this in to me; this is for your own reference and notes.

Once you’ve completed your chart, CHECK YOUR EMAIL.  I have shared the PDF file of the textbook chapter which you need for today to those who actually filled out the student survey from the beginning of the semester.  IF YOU DIDN’T FILL OUT THE FORM, YOU WON’T HAVE THE TEXT.  You’ll want to use Chapter 18– the first one I sent out– for the rest of your work.

Using the PDF of the textbook, as well as the online resources linked in the unit studies material section of the class blog, work together in your groups to fill out analysis forms for both the Great Serpent Mound, and the Mesa Verde cliff palace.  (You can look at the AP Course and Exam Description for the specific details on each.)  Make sure to attach your analysis sheet in your field notebook, and include a sketch.

Once EVERYONE in your group has completed their analysis, get a sheet of butcher paper from the substitute.  You’re going to create a travel poster as a group for ONE of the two sites– you may choose which you would like to do.  Your poster should have:

  • A central image of the chosen site IN COLOR
  • The name of the site
  • A travel slogan which indicates WHY a visitor should go see this site
  • Three significant facts which a visitor should know about the site

If you want a good example of some cool travel posters, look at the WPA National Parks posters on the enormously loud A/C unit!  Try to finish your poster by the end of the class– I may or may not be able to give you any time to finish tomorrow.

See you soon, guys!

Unit One Online Study Session!

Our online study session will begin at 5:00 PM, and will continue until 6:00 PM.  To watch and participate in the live chat (where you can ask me questions), please go here:

Unit One Online Study Session!

You can also watch it both live and after-the-fact in the embedded video below:

If for whatever reason you can’t use the live chat funtion on YouTube’s livestreaming service, feel free to tweet me @GallowayTeaches.  You can use the hashtag #AskMsGalloway to make it easier to find questions which have already been asked.

Happy studying!

Polynesia and Oceania Prehistory!

Hey guys!  Hope you’re having a thoughtful and service-oriented Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  If you could, please try to watch the first video below before coming to class tomorrow– I’d like you to have at least a quick background on the Lapita and early Polynesian migrations before class tomorrow.  And once you’re done with that, you can watch a little of Moana, because it’s awesome.

See you soon!

Ice Day Work 2: Neolithic Art!

Welp.  This is a glorious start to the semester, guys, but we’ll work through it, I promise.

Let’s push some dates back one more time, guys: we’ll move your vocabulary quiz to Friday, January 13th, and we’ll move your Unit One Test to Wednesday, January 18th.  I hope.

Here’s what you’re going to do for me today:

  • Watch the following Crash Course: World History video on the Neolithic Revolution to help give you some context on what the Neolithic Era is, and how it’s different from the Paleolithic era you examined yesterday.

  • Then, copy down subsequent chart.  (It doesn’t have to go in your field notebook, and I won’t be collecting it.  However, I expect you to complete it regardless.)  You can go ahead and complete the “Paleolithic” column for right now.  Once you complete the rest of the work below, come back and complete the “Neolithic” column.


  • After working through the first part of the chart above, please get out four more analysis sheets (again, if you don’t have any from Friday, please check this post and download enough to get you through today).  You’ll be working through Beaker with ibex motif, Anthropomorphic stele, Jade cong, and Tlatilco female figure today.  Watch the three videos (and read the linked article on the Anthropomorphic stele) below to help you learn about each, and remember that you can always consult the linked information on the Global Prehistory page if you need more detail.  Continue sketching a version of each work of art in your field notebook, and adhere the finished analysis sheet to the opposite page.

Video information on works of art:

5. Beaker with ibex motifs

6. Anthropomorphic stele

Alas, there’s no video for this one.  Try reading through Khan Academy’s overview of the piece here: Anthropomorphic stele.

7.  Jade cong – Note: this video shows MANY jade congs; you should draw the one located in the image set given here.

10. Tlatilco female figure — Note: the figure that the speaker identifies at 0:56 into the video is the one you need to focus on!

Ice Day Distance Work: Paleolithic Art!

Well, I was wrong– I was pretty sure that the ice would melt off in time for us to have class, but it would appear not.  So!  You have a grace period before you see me again– and if you still need that composition book to start your field notebook, I’d suggest waiting until the afternoon (or whenever roads are clear near you) and then venturing out to get one.

We’ll need to do some reconfiguring of due dates for this unit, which I think is going to mean that (a) I’ll push your vocabulary quiz back until Wednesday (January 10th) of this week, and (b) move your Unit One test back to next Tuesday (January 16th).  It’s not ideal, but needs must.  I’ll confirm these dates with you on Tuesday when I see you again. Nope, since we’re out again tomorrow we’re going to have to move these back again.  Check the next entry.

Here’s what I need you to do for me today:

  1. Watch each of the videos I’ve embedded for you below, and complete an analysis form and sketch for each in your field notebook.  I would like you to address the Apollo 11 stones, Great Hall of the Bulls, Camelid sacrum in the shape of a canine, and Running horned woman.  (If you weren’t in class on Friday and need an analysis form, go back one blog entry.) The first video will actually help you get a sense as to how you should draw the works, so don’t worry if you’re not a gifted artist.  Most of the information you need to complete your analysis form you can find in each video, but if you need more, please check out the links to outside sources I’ve included on the Global Prehistory page.
  2. Download the .pdf attached here: Paleolithic Art.  (It isn’t going to stay up here long, guys.  We’re just waiting for the textbooks to come in.)  It’s not the cleanest copy, but it should do for now.  Please read over the pages I’ve included, and be prepared to discuss them in class upon our return.  This reading additionally has some very good information on the Apollo 11 stones and Great Hall of the Bulls.

Videos to Watch:

1. Apollo 11 stones

2. Great Hall of the Bulls

3. Camelid sacrum in the shape of a canine

4. Running horned woman

So those are the works I need you to tackle today, and we’ll work our way through things when we get back!

How to Set Up Your Field Notebook!

I hope you’re enjoying your icy weekend, guys!

Remember, you need to work on your field notebooks this weekend.  Hopefully you were able to get a blank composition book before the storm to work with; if not, please don’t take any risks on unsafe roads this weekend.  We can work on deadlines if we need to on Monday.

Here are the written instructions on how to set up your field notebook: Field Notebook Set Up Instructions.  In the video below, I’ll walk you through how I set up mine:

Here are the handouts you will need to print out and include in your notebook, if you weren’t in class on Friday.  You’ll need to pick up your envelope and Elements of Art and Principles of Design sheets from me on Monday, since I can’t make those downloadable.

Let me know if you need additional help or clarification, guys, and I’ll see you Monday.

Welcome to AP Art History!

Everybody ready for a fast and fascinating semester?  I hope so.  Tonight, remember that you’ll need to:

  • Go over the class syllabus carefully, and have your parents read and sign it.  If you misplace your copy, here’s another: Advanced Placement Art History Syllabus
  • Complete the Student Information Survey embedded below.
  • Consider going ahead and getting the supplies listed under class materials tonight if you’re able; if we have bad weather on Friday evening into Saturday, I don’t want you or your parents driving in poor conditions.
  • Bookmark the AP Art History Course and Exam Guide!  This is the .pdf with all of the required works for this semester.

See you tomorrow!