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.

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