Quincy High School, Art History Syllabus Bell
Quincy High School’s Art History class is a chronological survey of the history of major art
forms in the western tradition, in addition to selected works from many cultures that exist beyond
The text will be Gerald Brommer’s Discovering Art History. You can expect written
assignments as well as plenty of reading. Four graded assignments will be given every term including
papers, presentations, quizzes and tests. You’ll be taking notes weekly, so get a nice new notebook with a
pocket for handouts. You’ll want to keep them for the Midtem Exam and the Artist Book / Notebook due
at the end of the year.
For Advanced Placement Credit, you must take the AP art history exam, offered at several
nearby schools. See Mr. Bell or your guidance counselor for more information on Advanced Placement
examinations, and college credits for advanced placement students.
Term 1 the Renaissance in Northern Europe
Prehistoric- 18th and 19th Century Europe-
Paleolithic and Neolithic Baroque
The Fertile Crescent- Naturalism
Mesopotamia, Assyria, and Persia Neoclassicism
The art of the ancient Mediterranean –
Cycladic, Minoan, Mycenaean Term 4
A new way of seeing-
Term 2 Impressionism
Greek art Post impressionism
It all started in one town-
Etruria and Rome Fauvism
A change in belief- Futurism
late Roman and Byzantine art Dada
Birth of the Cathedral- Modern architecture
Romanesque and Gothic architecture Abstract expressionism
Midterm Exam – The midterm examination is a Modern sculpture
comprehensive review of the first two terms of the class. It Earth art
counts for 20% of your grade, so you’d better study. Performance art
Final Exam – 20% of term four’s grade.
Early Renaissance The creation of Artist Book- Notebook is the final project in
High Renaissance this class. Seniors must finish before graduating.
Northern Italian Renaissance
Juniors have an extra few weeks to finish up a research project,
Mannerism in addition to the Artist Book, art history binder.