Mastering the masters: AP art history class added to elective options


Ms. Langley, who has previously taught english class, will teach an AP art history elective next year.

Next fall, as students start the school year, one new class will be available to Ann Richards students. Ms. Jamie Langley, who has historically taught English at Ann Richards, will be teaching AP Art History in the 2017-2018 school year.

“I love looking at art, and learning about art, and learning about history, about the culture as opposed to things like the wars, and the politics, and that kind of stuff,” Ms. Langley said. “I feel like you can learn so much history through the art people create”

The process to get AP Art History made into a class has been several years in the making. “For a few years, Ms. Goka and I have talked about how to bring Art History to Ann Richards,” Ms. Langley said. “Talking to her last fall, I felt that now was the time to make the push for it”

Ms. Langley knew she wanted to major in Art History when she was 12 years old.  “I guess as a kid, I went to a museum and liked looking at art,” Ms. Langley said. “I just thought that was a cool thing, that you could major in Art History. When I applied to colleges, and when I looked at schools, I just knew that was something I wanted to do.”

Ms. Langley believes that an AP Art History elective would not only compliment other history classes, but also reflect the STEAM values that Ann Richards has. “I definitely feel it fits the steam feeling, because you’re looking at how art represents the people, how even the materials people chose, or what they chose to create, shows the time and the experiences those people had.”

According to Ms. Langley, the college board requires that she teaches 250 images. “I also want you to have an experience of looking at art that you choose from that period,” said Ms. Langley. “I don’t want to be the person who’s talking in class all the time, I want to have the students turn it over, and present to their classmates, and share their learning.”

The AP Art History exam consists of 80 multiple choice questions and 6 free response questions. According to the College Board, “The AP Art History course explores such topics as the nature of art, its uses, its meanings, art making, and responses to art. Through investigation of diverse artistic traditions of cultures from prehistory to the present, the course fosters in-depth and holistic understanding of the history of art from a global perspective.”