UPDATE - fa2015
  • Students - Please be aware that while this site's MAINPAGE is not currently being used as a means to communicate the daily business of the class (see our Schoology page for that) , it should be used as a means to gain supplemental information from the text and in-class discussions / activities. There is a wealth of information available for everyone. Take advantage of it.
  • Visitors - Feel free to surf your way through the many pages at your leisure.

Thanks,
Andy Walker



WELCOME!

PURPOSE OF THIS SITE:
I have created this website to serve as a reference for the students who are currently taking an art history course (APAH or Art History) at Central York High School. Within this site, you will find helpful information relating to the course, assignments, reminders, links to resources, and more. As a class, we will be able to communicate with one another and collaborate on some of the material remaining in the semester!

APAH ANNOUNCEMENTS (Fall, 2014)


WED - 08/27/14 (First day of school for students)
UNIT: INTRO
ACTIVITIES / TOPICS
  1. Introductions / Welcome
  2. Syllabus
  3. Course overview / expectations & my teaching philosophy
  4. AP program (& exam)
  5. Course textbook
  6. Other - jump drive; note-taking materials; access to technology at home
DOCUMENTS PROVIDED (some of these will be discussed in greater length, in time)

Familiarize yourself with the following resources:

THURS - 08/28
UNIT: INTRO
ACTIVITIES / TOPICS
  1. Introduction to Art History; reference these questions (handout) as prompts for discussion - ART_HISTORY_INTRO
  2. Definitions of art (for later discussion)
  3. Subject, Style and Significance of an artwork - (for later discussion)
  4. Forms of artwork (drawing, painting, sculpture)
  5. The fundamental "visual language" & associated terminology
  6. Role of the art historian
  7. Sneak peak / quick overview of >>> UNIT: PREHISTORIC - The Birth of Art; Examine slides and information: Venus of Willendorf and other images from unit.

FRI - 08/29
UNIT: ANCIENT NEAR EAST
ACTIVITIES / TOPICS
  1. Overview of teacher website as resource
  2. There are TOPICS / THEMES that permeate / relate to- any culture, geographical locale, time period (explanation of earlier Grid: THEME vs Period / Stylehandout - as a heads-up)
  3. Point out useful handout - VA Guide #3
  4. INTRO >> For a lively overview of Mesopotamia - Crash Course World History (c/o John Green) - link
  5. Examine slides and information pertaining to our unit - provide mere overview
  6. Textbook distribution / please note the following:
    • We are using the 11th edition of Gardner's Art Through the Ages as our primary text.
    • The nomenclature for the text will be "ATTA-11e"
    • Remember that readings need to be completed prior to the class time.
OTHER / HW
  • Review the ANCIENT NEAR EAST wiki page as preparation for next week's class time (APAH).
  • ATTA-11e - Read pgs 16-28; 28-41 (for next class period)

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MON - 09/01
LABOR DAY - No School

TUES - 09/02
UNIT: ANCIENT NEAR EAST
  • Protoliterate / Sumerian (White Temple, Head of Inanna, Cult Vase of Inanna)
  • Early Dynastic (Worshiper Statuettes, Standard of Ur, Bull-headed Lyre)
  • Akkadian / Dynastic (Head of Akkadian Ruler, Victory Stele of Naram-Sin)
ACTIVITIES
  1. Questions? How did the reading go?
  2. Quick assessment / check for understanding (to be given at beginning of class)
  3. Explain other handouts:
    • Suggestions for students' study time: [remember - use what works best for you]
      • Unit Study Guides
        Ancient Near East (Word doc) << this is an example of the types of guides available for students
      • Unit Questions [within wiki pages]
        Show students the "Unit Questions" << a useful guide for working through the material; found within wiki pages. Note that I have been embedding the unit questions within the wiki pages - next to the appropriate image/s (when applicable). Some wiki pages are more developed than others this way.
      • Daily Questions - click here for link to Word doc
        This document is provided as a 'work-in-progress'; a compilation of questions used by another APAH teacher to guide / pace the material during the semester. By no means are the content questions complete, but the document may come in handy from time to time.
    • Visual Analysis Guides [1-4]
    • Themes in Art History - Word doc; PDF version << use this for tonight's assignment
  4. Introduce "Collect 10 Images" assignment (tonight's HW)
  5. Collins Writing – quick overview (see quick overview - poster)
  6. Collins prompt: Warka Vase
  7. Map / geography of Mesopotamia
  8. Note taking – highly encouraged (reminder); Refer to the Note-Taking Suggestions Word doc / handout for more information.
  9. Presentation of slides and information / discussion
OTHER / HW
  • Complete "Collect 10 Images" assignment (due tomorrow); only the portion indicated in the brief
  • APAH - Read pgs 42-59; 59-75 (for next class period)

WED - 09/03
UNIT: ANCIENT NEAR EAST
  • Neo-Summerian (Statue of Gudea)
  • Old Babylonian (Law Code of Hammurabi)
  • Kassite, Assyrian (Lamassu, Ashurbanipal Hunting Lions)
  • Persian (Ishtar Gate, Processional frieze, Royal Audience Hall [apadana])
ACTIVITIES
  1. Collins prompt:
  2. Label the map of Middle East (5 min.), then discuss
  3. Collect 10 Images [due]
  4. Presentation of slides and information - in the form of group activity (Dominoes, Carousel Brainstorm, etc.)
    Q: How do the images we haven't seen relate / connect to what we have examined so far?

THURS - 09/04
UNIT: ANCIENT NEAR EAST
  • wrap-up material

OTHER / HW


FRI - 09/05
UNIT: ANCIENT EGYPT
Predynastic / Early Dynastic period, Old Kingdom
  • Check for understanding - Near East (Have you been paying attention?)
  • Pre-assessment - Egyptian (What do you already know?)
  • Egypt - historical backdrop
  • Works / terms for discussion:
    • Predynastic / Early Dynastic: Narmer Palette, Mastaba, Step Pyramid
    • Old Kingdom: Great Pyramids of Giza


UNIT: ANCIENT EGYPT
Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom,
  • Works / terms for discussion
    • Old Kingdom: Great Pyramids of Giza, Seated Khafre, Menkaure and Khamerernebty, Seated Scribe, Ti watching a hippopotamus hunt

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MON - 09/08
UNIT: ANCIENT EGYPT

APAH STUDENTS >> Here is the information, as discussed in class.....

1. Exam given (a while back - ??) Meso & Egypt
http://int.cysd.k12.pa.us/HS/Walker/APAH/exam1.htm
This exam represents almost all of the unit questions in the so-called “test-bank”; no need to know everything, but in the event you were curious…

2. Exam given fall-2013
http://int.cysd.k12.pa.us/hs/walker/APAH/fa2013/egypt_fa2013

Exam given fall-2013 / SUPPLEMENTARY IMAGES
http://int.cysd.k12.pa.us/hs/walker/APAH/fa2013/ch3_images.htm
This exam represents a pretty decent sample of the types of questions I might expect students to know.

3. Exam given fall-2012 (all 3 units combined >> Meso, Egypt, Aegean)
http://int.cysd.k12.pa.us/HS/Walker/APAH/exam1/ancient_meso_egypt_aegean.htm
This exam represents a pretty decent sample of the types of questions I might expect students to know.

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TUES - 09/09
UNIT: ANCIENT EGYPT

WED - 09/10
THURS - 09/11
FRI - 09/12 (Act-80 Day - half day for students)
UNIT: ANCIENT EGYPT

Activities:
  • Class spending the class time, working through the wiki page devoted to EGYPT.
  • Exploration of chapter exams (previously given) - in order to understand the types of questions that may be garnered from the text.

Announcement:
Unpacking the FRQs (Free Response Questions) - a practice exercise

Here are the digital reference files for the "essay prompt" introduced in class today (refer to the Google Classroom site)
a) screen shot of the prompt (note the slight modification / simplification)
b) PDF of the Compare / Contrast graphic organizer; not that I have created this as an editable form using Adobe Reader. Therefore, you should be able to open it in Reader and type the information into the fields. Some applications will not allow students this ability, but at least the form is available for printing purposes.

Remember that the point of giving this to you is merely to BEGIN considering how we can unpack the information in a way that relates to a given prompt. I want to help you all become better essay writers.

Writing essays (or FRQs - Free Response Questions) for the AP folks will be slightly different than writing for your other HS coursework. Our goal = to develop a process for understanding the essay prompts, structuring your knowledge, then responding in an appropriate / succinct written form.

Life is too complicated -- Let's make "essay-writing" simple!
Have a great weekend!

Announcement:
Be prepared for a 10 point quiz on Ch4 (Ancient Aegean) on Mon (09/15)




MON - 09/15
UNIT: ANCIENT AEGEAN

OTHER / HW
Reading assignments for the Ancient Aegean unit:
76-78 - Background / overview of Aegean
79 - Cycladic
79-89 - Minoan
89-95 - Mycenaean

NOTE:
Since we have been using the GOOGLE CLASSROOM interface more heavily lately... I recommend each of you take note to the following:

Please bookmark both this cyarthistory wiki site & the Google Classroom site.
1. Resort to the Google Classroom site for "Announcements" & "Assignments".
2. Continue to use this cyarthistory wiki site for helpful information relative to each unit of study.