Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $120.00
  • January 2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-500-29191-7
  • 630 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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    Debra J. DeWitte (Author, University of Texas at Arlington), Ralph M. Larmann (Author, University of Evansville), M. Kathryn Shields (Author, Guilford College)


    The world’s leading visual arts textbook supports the new AP* Art History course redesign in every possible way.

    A new approach for a new exam
    The new AP* exam’s free-response section demands a greater focus on the thematic and cross-cultural connections between diverse artists and works of art. With its modular structure and exploration of the thematic, personal, and material connections that unite art, Gateways to Art enables students to start preparing for the AP* exam the moment they open the text.

    Tools for teaching
    The sweeping revisions to the AP* exam require equally broad changes to the high school Art History syllabus. With a specially commissioned Curriculum Planning and Pacing Guide that includes class exercises and assignments, teaching commentary on every chapter of Gateways to Art, and information on, and advice for, teaching all 250 works of art identified on the AP* Image List, Thames & Hudson is there for teachers every step of the way.

    Extensive emedia
    The AP* edition of the Gateways to Art Global Gallery features free online access to all 250 art images, as JPEGs and PowerPoint slides, that appear in the College Board’s new framework for the Art History exam, in addition to all 1,000 plus images in the book, along with 86 interactive exercises and videos, all created specifically for Gateways to Art.

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    Flexible and modular—to support the way instructors teach their course

    Gateways to Art—the work of three experienced instructors—is the only art history textbook that is entirely flexible. Gateways to Art is made up of short, self-contained, and modular chapters focused on clearly defined topics, allowing teachers to teach them in any order and give the course the emphasis they wish. Chapters are short (about 14 pages) and new terms are defined on the page as they occur to ensure that busy AP® students can always follow the discussion in the text, regardless of the order in which it’s taught. 


    Eight “Gateways to Art” teach students to analyze art in multiple ways

    The “Gateways” are famous works of art that span time and place: the Pyramids of Giza, the Colossal Olmec Heads, Raphael’s The School of Athens, Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith and Holofernes, Goya’s Third of May 1808, Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanazawa, Matisse’s Icarus, and Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother. Each “Gateway” image is analyzed from four different perspectives: visual analysis, media, art history, and themes. This approach allows students to build on what they already know, provides a unifying structure for the book as a whole, and prepares students for the in-depth analysis required on the AP® Art History exam.  

    Inclusive and balanced

    No other book in the AP® market has the same focus on putting art in a global perspective. Through the “Gateway” images and the many global examples in the text, Gateways to Art helps students make connections between the seminal historical works they may have seen or heard of and those that are new to them. Students can see how artists address common formal concerns through the lens of their culture and history, and how artists of different cultures address meaning and content in art: e.g. spirituality; the body; gender; the power of rulers. 

    Connects art with everyday life

    Graphic design, logos, advertising, computer game and website design, interior design, movies, and street art are juxtaposed with traditional, “great” pieces of art, showing high school students how they live with art everyday. Examples include:

    ● the use of Nike and AT&T logos in a discussion of line and shape
    ● a comparison of the use of isometric perspective in Chinese scrolls and the computer game The Sims
    ● use of the Disney movie Finding Nemo alongside “fine art” examples in a discussion of motion

    Reveals the people behind the art

    Perspectives on Art boxes highlight the experiences of artists, art historians, critics, and others involved in the art world. First and foremost, these boxes show students that art is a living entity, created by real people.

    ● Bill Viola discusses how he became a video artist.
    ● Antony Gormley talks about one of his sculpture projects.
    ● Kimono maker Sonoko Sasaki (declared a Living National Treasure in Japan) explains how she works within the traditions of her art.
    ● Art historian Whitney Chadwick examines identity in the work of Mona Hatoum.
    ● Tracy Chevalier recounts how Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring inspired her best-selling novel.
    ● FBI agent Robert Whitman explains the economics of art theft.

    Supports student learning

    The author team has crafted Gateways to Art with students in mind. The text includes 1,013 illustrations, 865 of which are in color. Chapters are self-contained, and new vocabulary is defined on the page where it’s introduced. Chapters are short and manageable with in-text features specifically developed to connect high school students to the world of art around them. 

    AP® is a trademark registered and/or owned by the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.