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

Thursday, May 18th [ALL SENIORS MUST PRESENT BY THIS DATE]

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.)

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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.

DIRECTIONS!

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:

KennesawMnt

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.

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!