Art History

Precaution: Some units taught in the visual arts studio classrooms may require students to work with tools such as X-Acto knives, linoleum gouges, hammers, chisels, drills, woodcutting tools, or heat guns, as well as with substances such as mineral spirits, work-able fixative, oil-based paints, inks and printing presses.

AP ART HISTORY - VA029 (APHISART)

Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

Fee: $10.00

The AP Art History course is equivalent to a two-semester introductory college course that explores topics such as the nature of art, art making, and responses to art. By investigating a specific image set of 250 works of art characterized by diverse artistic traditions from prehistory to the present, the course fosters in-depth, holistic understanding of the history of art from a global perspective. Students become active participants in the global art world, engaging with its forms and content, as they experience, research, discuss, read, and write about art, artists, art making, and responses to and interpretations of art. Students with an interest in world history, literature, and/or fine arts are encouraged to take this course.
For more information on AP Art History course requirements, go to the College Board website:
http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/descriptions/index.html

  • AP
  • Credit: 1
  • Fee
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
ART HISTORICAL METHODS - VA036 (HUMANIT2)

Credit: 1
Grade: 10-12
Prerequisite: AP Art History

Fee: $10.00

This course provides an advanced introduction to the methodologies used by art historians. By focusing on several outstanding historical and critical readings, as well as discussions and project-based learning, the student will be introduced to some of the major methodologies that have shaped the field: formalism, biographical analysis, connoisseurship, museum curation, brain-based learning, color theory, iconographical analysis, psychoanalytic theory, Marxist theory and the social history of art, gender theory, forgery and authentication, and art direction. Each student may choose art works of particular interest through which to apply these critical lenses.

  • Credit: 1
  • Fee
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
ART HISTORICAL METHODS II - VA037 (RESHUM)

Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: Completion of AP Art History, Art Historical methods AND teacher approval required.  

Fee: $10.00

This course provides an opportunity for students to choose an area of art to study in greater depth. Students may opt to focus on an art movement, a theme or issue, a comparative perspective, a particular artist, or even one particular work of art. Students will work independently with as much support as they desire, having access to UT Library resources as well as the option to conduct research at the Library of Congress and Smithsonian Museum Libraries in Washington, D.C. Students ultimately will prepare a thesis-level study consisting of four chapters.

  • Credit: 1
  • Fee
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12