AP Art History classesI agree with you on this...although I have not taught
a.p. art for middle or high school...I have taught college art appreciation
which is related to teaching a history of art...its takes so much time to
get images together...if you have the equiptment, powerpoint presentations
are the way to go...but when I taught it, I still used slide
presentations...its tuff...and takes so much time...I remember not getting
any sleep...also have to relate your presentations to each chapter and make
sense...ha ha...making sense is hard with little sleep...
From: Patricia Knott [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2004 10:46 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: AP Art History classes
> I just found out that I might be teaching AP Art History next year. It
seems that I am the only art teacher in the school system that has enough
graduate credits to do so. ( I am working on my masters and will have 18 of
> completed towards my master of arts in art education at the end of May.)
...I'm going to go read up on my art history!
I suggest that you visit the AP web site and investigate the requirements
for AP Art History. Having a Masters in Art Ed does not guarantee success.
Having very strong history knowledge and a love of the history will.
AP Art History is not something to be thrown at a teacher (as no AP
course should be). AP Art History is the typical college freshmen year Art
History course. No matter which text you select - Gardner, Janson.... you
have to cover the whole book from the ancient to the modern, and have the
visuals to go with it. This is not a "hands on" class and you have to
teach writing skills -- analyzing, compare/contrast ---- it's not just
memorizing and identifying.
Every teacher I know that has taken this on has spent soooooo much time
preparing. It's a very intense class to teach, and that's on top of the
studio classes you will still have to teach.
If you do have to do this, I suggest you take one of the courses offered
by the AP Board. I took the AP Art History course several years ago and I
still can't bring myself to propose the class at my school because I know I
would kill my self in preparation. Even though I consider myself very
knowledgeable in the history, and love it I just can't see myself
spending all the time to get all the visuals together and meet the grueling
schedule of getting through it all.
Good luck, but don't say yes to something you are not familiar with. This
is a bear of a course. (And most districts put lots of pressure on the
teacher to get good student results in the AP tests)