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AP Art History

On-Line for the 2020-2021 School Year

Teacher: Amber Kane











Why Art History? Art is one of the most primal and, yet, one of the most sophisticated means that human beings use to communicate their experience, ideas, and emotions. This course traverses the entire history of civilization; weaving visual communication into history, politics, literature, religion, and social culture. A study of art history not only affords a broad understanding of world history; it fine-tunes critical thinking and academic writing skills, and it offers an empowered understanding of the visual world that surrounds all of us. All of the activities of this course are specifically designed to help prepare students for the AP art history exam. By class end, students will be fluent in the identification of and have contextual knowledge for over 250 works of art, as well as have an understanding of the general chronology of world history as manifested in art.

Who Should Apply: This class is open to committed 10th, 11th and 12th grade students with a strong interest in learning the history of art. The class is rigorous; the AP art history exam mandates that an extensive amount of material be covered. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 8-12 hours weekly on the class. This time commitment includes reading, writing, and studying images, as well as some interactive web activities.

The artistic expression of many varied cultures with diverse religious beliefs will be covered, and students should be comfortable exploring these traditions in view of their own faith traditions. Please note that art history necessarily involves the study of nude images.

Course Description: This course covers art history from prehistoric times through the modern era. We look at painting, sculpture, architecture, and other media representative of the cultures that create it. The primary focus is on western art; however, several independent research projects that explore non-western traditions are required as well. Students are responsible for up to 40 pages of reading and several writing assignments weekly. Exams are administered at the completion of each unit, as well as at midyear. An actual AP exam will be assigned as a final exam.

Text: Gardner's Art Through the Ages, 13th edition by Fred S. Kleiner, Christin J. Mamiya and Richard G. Tansey.

Tech needs: Full Internet access, high speed connection recommended (due to image downloads); Adobe Acrobat Reader .

Class Tuition Fee: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $675.  After July  1, $700.

How to register: Simply click on the link below, download the document to fill out and submit via email. I will review the application and get back to you within a few days. If accepted, you may register and pay the course tuition through the PAHS Online Store.


Start and End date: Class will start on Monday Aug 31, 2020 and will end  Monday May 10th , 2021. 


Option to Audit: Some students find that they wish to be exposed to and learn the course content, but desire a bit more freedom and flexibility, or they find that they don't " need" the grade, but have the desire to learn. If that's you, auditing a course is a great option.

If you choose to audit:

-  students will have access to the class materials and website.

- Students will be able to take course quizzes that are automatically graded

- Students are able/ encouraged to take part in class discussions. ( during ALL  interactions students will be held to the same standards as students taking the course for credit)

- Students will have access to the course syllabus, however, students are not expected to submit assignments

- Students will only receive feedback on assignments that are automatically graded, but will not receive teacher feedback 

- Students will not receive an end of the year grade

- For the best experience, students will want to stay close to following the course syllabus as many of the quizzes are only available during certain time periods. 

- The audit tuition fee is $200


AP Art History Application 


Instructor Qualifications: Amber Kane has a strong love for both art and teaching, and is always excited to share her love with these subjects with students. For as long as she can remember she wanted to be a teacher and spent most of my free time creating. Amber Kane has been teaching high school art for 13 years, 6 years teaching AP courses online. 

Kane has a B.S. in Art Education from Messiah College and Masters in Creativity Studies from Union Institute and University. I"m always reading and creating, eager to learn more, and share my knowledge with others. The internet has opened so many amazing doors to sharing knowledge, and I'm excited to bring my love for art, teaching and technology together in this course.  Amber has also held a variety of roles working in higher education, and is currently a compliance officer for an online university. 

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