AP Crossover: Virgin of Guadalupe

I've been planning on doing a few posts on the Virgin of Guadalupe with information geared for AP Art History info and a more religiously-based Catholic post. And by "planning" I mean I've been thinking about it for a few days but it's currently Wednesday at 8:42 pm I am just sitting down to type...soooo...."planning"....yeah. [...]

AP Crossover: Great Mosque of Córdoba & Alhambra

Although I currently teach AP World History (& loving it!) my heart is really set in AP Art History. However until I actually started teaching AP World I never realized just how much potential crossover there is between the two curriculums. Unfortunately, a lot of that global crossover will disappear with the AP World redesign, I  [...]

#56. Great Mosque. Córdoba, Spain

Art Historical Background After the Umayyad Dynasty was ousted from Syria by the conquering Abbasid Dynasty they made their way across North Africa to a new home in Andalusia, Spain. The Umayyad prince, Abd al-Rahman I, recreated aspects of his previous capital in his new home, Córdoba. In 786, after Abd al-Rahman conquered the Visigoths, he transformed [...]

Hospital de la Caridad, Sevilla

This blog post could also be subtitled: when the travel books let you down royally. Or a second option: the only church I have ever been pissed to have paid to go inside. So some back story before my rant on why the Hospital de la Caridad isn't worth the 8 euro price. History The hospital/church [...]

Making Infographics in Humanities

Two weeks ago I took a professional development day to attend an all-day workshop at Full Sail University, a college focusing on digital media and film production. The workshop I attended focused on bringing in digital media projects into the classroom. Now most of the workshop was wayyyy over my head (I can't even use [...]

Student Series! Girls, Gays, & Greco-Romans

As a culture, we often turn to the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome as the foundations for the western world. We have adapted their political systems, their philosophies, inventions and innovations, art and architecture, and countless other things that we find crucial to our cultural identity. For a long time we carried on their [...]

#28. Peplos Kore from the Acropolis

Art Historical Background Essentially the kore (pl. korai) is the female version of the kouros, except she isn't nude. And, like the kouroi, the korai are believed to be commemorative offerings to the gods, and also used to show off a family's prestige. This particular kore comes from the Acropolis (part of the AP Art [...]