Guys, here’s a fun tip, if you really want to get ahead in your AP classes over the summer (even though I know most of you procrastinate in ridiculous amounts, like me) if you just google the name of your AP class, for example, AP Biology and click the APCentral/Collegeboard link it will take you to the “Professionals” or teachers page and there are course reviews and course guide PDFs on there that basically tell you everything in the course and it’s pretty great.
But art? I can probably help with that. The most important eras for you to know would probably be Roman/Greek stuff, medieval stuff, Renaissance, Baroque, (there’s some other less important ones that go in here that we don’t really need), Romanticism, Realism, Modernism. Dadaism and Surrealism are also kind of important, but less so, in my opinion.
A little bit about those;
Roman/Greek stuff: order, human beauty, that kind of stuff. They liked marble.
medieval: super religious imagery, things not to scale with the more important/holy stuff being bigger, they didn’t care as much about realism
Renaissance: Roman stuff is back baby; though religious imagery is still very much a thing, it’s painted far more realistically (think about the Last Supper); geometry is an important part of this
Romanticism: comes out a lot during the Industrial Revolution; obsessed with nature and feelings; they want to get away from the city and preserve the traditional stories of the peasantry; nationalism is a huge part of this
Realism: we want to depict life as it is; especially the lives of those in the industrial areas that are suffering right now; this comes especially after the Revolutions of 1848 that all failed; people begin to doubt and question many of the ideas of Romanticism
Modernism: war sucks; we don’t know what to do with ourselves anymore so we’re going to experiment with form and shit until we find ourselves (the Lost Generation is a huge part of this)
Dadaism: rejected logic, reason, aestheticism after the war; expresses nonsense in life
Surrealism: melting clocks, my dude. melting clocks. from wikipedia:” Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, created strange creatures from everyday objects and developed painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself.”
both of these were part of early part of 20th century
God, I’m bad at art but hopefully this helps you start out. Also remember the PERSIA (political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, artistic) stuff for each era in the videos linked above. That’s going to be what the entire test is focused around and is a good way to think about things.
AP blogs are tough to find on Tumblr, so I’ve made a collection of all the AP blogs I could find, sorted by subject. Some haven’t updated for a while, but all the same the resources provided by the blogs are still usable and I highly recommend finding a way to use Tumblr to get some productive AP studying done! The list is quite small, so if you know of any more, feel free to send me a message! A part of my “get studying” series!