With a complete overhaul of the course curriculum of this survey course in place beginning in 2015-16 that will make covering the history of art much more manageable and lessen the workload for students, there will be a new focus for this class: “The study of art history invites students to discover the diversity in and connections among forms of artistic expression throughout history and from around the globe. Students learn about how people have responded to and communicated their experiences through art making by exploring art in its historic and cultural contexts. The student will be an active participant in the global art world, engaging with its forms and content as they research, discuss, read, and write about art, artists, art making, and responses to and interpretations of art.” The framework of this course will be built upon “big ideas and essential questions” that encourage investigating works of art using skills that art historians value most. There is now a limit of 250 works that students will study in-depth in preparation for the AP Exam in May. In studying these representative works deeply, students will be better able to understand the importance of each work and the interconnections between works from a variety of traditions and cultures. To facilitate the work in the classroom, this course will make field trips to local art museums and architectural sites and have visits from local artists and art historians.