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AP Summer Institute: Art History

Course Syllabus:

Syllabus will be posted after the AP® Consultant meeting in April


AP Summer Institute Instructor Wells Gray

AP Summer Institute, Art History. Instructor Wells Gray.

Wells Gray received his Bachelor of Science from Denison University, Granville, Ohio and his Master of Fine Arts, College of Artisanry from University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts where he minored in Art History.

He is currently Department Head of Fine Arts teaching AP® Art History, Ceramics, and Sculpture at Mercersburg Academy finishing his sixteenth year. Wells has been attending the reading of the AP Art History exam in June for the past thirteen years holding an elevated position of Table Leader, writing multiple choice and free response questions for the annual exam for the last six years. He is a contributor to the 2009 AP® Art History Teacher’s Guide, one of six high school teachers offering an innovative approach to the AP® Art History curriculum. He is also one of three high school educators contributing to the AP® Art History Course Planning and Pacing Guide addressing the new, redesigned curriculum due out in the Fall 2014. Wells is also an accomplished ceramic artist who continues to exhibit regionally and nationally.

Course Description

The AP Art History course is designed to empower both the educator and the student. The AP Art History Curriculum Framework, with it’s three Big Ideas, Essential Questions, and Learning Objectives, fosters a progressive, proactive pedagogy relevant to educators and students living in a global community. The framework also supports an open-ended approach to teaching, which allows one to offer myriad project based, learning activities. In teaching this course, educators will be apprised of the redesign with 250 core images, found on all seven continents, and how they will be integrated into a range of lesson plans and assessments beyond what was traditional teaching.  A thorough understanding of the course, the exam, classroom philosophies, a field trip to the Smithsonian Museums, the Audit, and support material for the educator will all be addressed.

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