Content Area 1: Global Prehistory

  

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11 ARTWORKS - 4% of AP EXAM

  TEST  SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, 9/6. It will cover Art Basics & Content Area 1 (Global Prehistory)  

  

  Global Prehistory  

 NEED TO KNOW DATES:  

Paleolithic Art:          30,000-8,000 BCE in the Near East
"Old Stone Age"         30,000-4,000 BCE in Europe
(Venus of Willendorf, Lascaux Caves)
  Hunter-Gatherers, Nomadic

Neolithic Art:           8,000- 3,000 BCE in the Near East
"New Stone Age"     4,000- 2,000 BCE in Europe
(Stonehenge)
  Agriculture, raised livestock, organized settlements

 

 KEY IDEAS

  - Earliest works are cave paintings and portable sculptures
- Conjectures are made about the meaning of prehistoric works
- No one single function and the purpose can only be guessed 
- Monuments like Stonehenge show that people were able to build structures made of the post and lintel system.
- The need to create is one of the strongest human impulses.
- Focus on materials indigenous to the environment/geography
- Since context is largely unknown, focus on original location and content

 

  

   

 Mrs. McConnell's lectures on Global Prehistory, Parts 1-3 

       

   

 

  STUDENT RESOURCES

  * For first test, review the Elements of Art & Principles of Design on the APAH Introduction page. (including Formal Analysis - CCFF).
* Need to know dates & Key ideas
* Visit Khan Academy's SmartHistory AP Art History section on Global Prehistory
* Characteristics of artworks/architecture
* Artwork List (in Google Drive PowerPoints)
* Q Cards & Snapshot Sheets with Images
* Vocabulary
* YouTube: Stonehenge 
* Visit the Bradshaw Foundation's website for more in-depth information on the Lascaux Caves.
* Smithsonian Article: "Showing Their Age: Dating Fossils and Artifacts that Mark the Great Human Migration"
* Stonehenge timeline (with pictures) of phases of the building of the monument by English Heritage

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:
Thank you so much to Lynn Wilkinson, Mary McConnell, Valerie Park and Martha Kunz for all their quidance and resources.