Art Through Time: A Global View


So I have had the privileged to meet up with a few AP Art History teachers in the past few weeks and the one thing I notice more people need to know about is Annenberg Learner’s series: “Art Through Time:  A Global View.” I take the time to show ALL episodes with my AP class, most of them in class too! Here is a list of the episodes and how they relate to the AP Curriculum; it’s a great tool for thematic grouping!!!

20150602_140544Converging Culture

  • Artworks related to the 250: Mary Cassatt, a casta painting, Chinese porcelain, New Spain Virgin Mary, Theotokos
  • I typically save this video for after I cover Western art up to the 19th century & all Non-Western art so they can fully make the Western/Non-Western connections.

stteresaavila5Dreams & Visions

  • Artworks related to the 250: Ecstasy of St. Teresa, The Scream, Maya Lintel #25, The Jungle
  • Honestly, I have stuck this video in a different unit every time; I think it best correlates after you discuss Baroque and Maya art but perhaps as a preview of Surrealist art?

IMG_6178History & Memory

  • Artworks related to the 250: Jacques-Louis David, Lukasa, Jacob Lawrence, Bayeux Tapestry, Column of Trajan, Romanticized Native American paintings, Marie de’Medici cycle, Albrecht Durer, a Native American ledger
  • I use this video either during or right after my unit of African art to teach the Lukasa and as a preview Neoclassicism and Romanticism.

IMG_0986Ceremony & Society

  • Artworks related to the 250: Portrait of Louis XIV, Basin (Baptistère of Saint Louis), feathered helmet, Persepolis, Sierra Leon mask, Shah Jahan, Nikisi Nkondi, a Congo stool
  • I always use this video before my unit on African and Oceanic art to introduce major themes and connect it to other ceremonial pieces.

IMG_0983Cosmology & Belief

  • Artworks related to the 250: Mosque at Cordoba, Shiva, Buddha, Isenheim Altarpiece, Kaaba, Byzantine Theokotos Icon, a Byzantine church, Medieval reliquary, Vladimir Kandinsky painting, Gothic cathedral
  • This video is perfect after my World Religions Unit; I combine many content areas to teach the Five Major World Religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, & Islam).


  • Artworks related to the 250: Book of the Dead, Terracotta warriors, Egyptian sarcophagus, La Calavera de la Catrina, Pieter Bruegel the Elder
  • This video is most applicable to Ancient Egyptian art, so I play it with my unit on The Ancient World (Ancient Near East & Ancient Egypt)

Domestic Life

  • Artworks related to the 250: Faith Ringgold, Fallingwater, Villa Savoy, a Dutch genre scene
  • I use this video during my 20th Century Unit to teach Villa Savoy and Fallingwater; after we watch the 25 minute episode I give students articles on either piece and we discuss domesticity in various environments.


  • Artworks related to the 250: Golden Haggadah, Lindisfarne Gospels, a page from a Quran, Xu Bing, Mesoamerican Codex
  • This video goes really well with my Medieval Europe Unit, which I teach after World Regions, and so it is a nice bridge with Islamic text.


  • Artworks related to the 250: Hatshepsut, Diego Velasquez, Andy Warhol
  • I haven’t really found a “good”  place to stick this one so I usually wait until the very end of the year to use as thematic review or have them watch it over Spring Break.

IMG_1013The Natural World

  • Artworks related to the 250: Serpent Mound, Spiral Jetty, Hudson River School landscape, Chinese scroll, Japanese polychrome woodblock
  • I always show this video as a connector in between my Art of the Americas Unit and East Asian art.

img_2434The Urban Experience

  • Artworks related to the 250: Parthenon, Mosque of Djenne, Christos’ Gates, Vermeer’s Dutch urban landscape, White Temple & Ziggurat
  • Although feel like this video would go well after teaching all of the Ancient Mediterranean, I always seem to sneak it in after teaching the Renaissance because I feel it correlates well with the Palazzo Ruccelai even though that building is not discussed here.

img_0998Conflict & Resolution

  • Artworks related to the 250: Y no hai Remedio (And There’s Nothing to Be Done), Russian Revolution propaganda art, Diego Rivera, Kara Walker, Chairman Mao en Route to Anyuan, Hagia Sophia, Bamiyan Buddhas
  • I always show this after my 20th Century Unit but before I get to Contemporary Art because I feel that the 20th Century was rife with conflict and artistic reactions to it so this is perfect.

Creation of Adam, Sistine ceiling, Vatican, RomeThe Body

  • Artworks related to the 250: Doryphorus, Sistine Ceiling, a Hindu Temple, photograph of Oceanic tattooing, Gauguin
  • I show this video after my unit on The Classical World, which is right before my World Religions Unit, so it serves as a bridge to different world theories on displaying the body in art.


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