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 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!