AP Art History Murals

AP Art History Murals - Kevan Nitzberg

Kevan Nitzberg had his students create mural boards using a montage of famous art from around the world. Below is a gallery of student work.


AP Art History Murals - Kevan Nitzberg

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AP Art

AP Art Assignment 1 Handout

AP Art Assignment 1
Submitted by:
Susan Camin

Non Objective Design

Materials needed: Reproductions, viewfinders, 9 x 12 white paper, pencils, black markers, water based markers, watercolors, brushes, colored pencils

  1. Select a favorite artist's work.

  2. Using a viewfinder, travel around the piece and frame a composition. The composition should be complex with some detailed and some ambiguous areas. Using a 9 x 12 piece of drawing paper, draw a rectangle that is no larger than half the paper. The rectangle can be placed anywhere on the paper.

  3. Draw a line drawing of the framed composition inside the rectangle.

  4. Draw an enlarged version of the composition in the background. Do not draw through the rectangle.

  5. Establishing lights and darks: Using a black marker create darks, this can be accomplished by filling in areas with textures like cross hatching, hatching, stippling or solid lines. Sections can be outlined and/or lines can be enhanced with thin to thick weighted lines.

  6. Color: You may use 4 colors plus black and white. Colors can be analogous (cool and warm), complementary (colors directly across from each other on the color wheel), split complementary, or monochromatic. It is your choice.

  7. Begin color in the rectangle. Techniques used can be realistically smooth or they can be textured like the Impressionists. Include shading using a darker analogous color or its complement.

  8. When the rectangle is complete, begin work on the background. YOUR GOAL IS THE CREATE THE BACKGROUND AS IF THE RECTANGLE WAS FLOATING ABOVE IT. Think carefully how you will do this. Will it be because of color, shadows, textures, or contrast?



What's important?


CONTRAST ________

VARIETY ________

COLOR ________

DEPTH ________

TEXTURE ________





Create a contour line drawing of a subject. The subject can be a person (figure or portrait) or thing. Draw the contour as a continuous line contour.


When you are satisfied with your drawing, create a wire line drawing or a 3d wire sculpture that will stand on a base or on its own.


Embellishments and found objects can be added.

Use your imagination to make it unique.

Due ___________________________

Images for Mural Boards 1-3-5

Images for Mural Boards 1-3-5

(See Below)




Mural Board 1 – Ancient to Medieval
(left to right / top to bottom)

Stonehenge Monolith
Salisbury Plain
Wiltshire, England
Ca. 2500 – 1600 BCE

Male lyre player
From Keros (Cyclades), Greece
Ca. 2700 – 2500 BCE.

Three angels (con't. on Board 2)
(Old Testament Trinity)
by Andrei Rublyev
Ca. 1410

Capitoline Wolf
Rome, Italy
Ca. 500 – 480 BCE
Bison – Relief Sculpture
(& simulated cave paintings)
in cave at Le Tuc d'Audobert
Ariege, France
Ca. 15,000 – 10,000 BCE

Arch of Trajan
Benevento, Italy
Ca. 114 – 118 CE

St. Michael's
Hildesheim, Germany
1001 - 1031



Mural Board 3 – Beyond European Culture
(left to right / top to bottom)

Taj Mahal
Agra, India
1632 – 1647

Statues (moai)
Anakena Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
10th – 12th century

Colossal Head
La Venta, Mexico
900 – 400 BCE.

Neighing Horse
Tang Dynasty
8th – 9th Century



Mural Board 5 – Renaissance to Present
(left to right / top to bottom)

"Starry Night"
by Vincent van Gogh

Guggenheim Museum
designed by Frank Gehry
Bilbao, Spain

"Oval Sculpture (No. 2)"
by Barbara Hepworth


Images for Mural Boards 2-4-6

Images for Mural Boards 2-4-6

(See Below)




Mural Board 2 – Ancient to Medieval
(left to right / top to bottom)

Three Angels by Rublyev
(con't from Mural Board 1)

Artemis and Apollo slaying
the children of Niobe
(Attic red figure calyx krater)
Orvieto, Italy
Ca. 450 BCE.

Caryatid from the South Porch of The Erechtheion Acropolis,
Athens, Greece.
Ca. 421 – 405 BCE.

Westwork of the Abbey Church
Corvey, Germany
873 – 885

Animal-head post
From the Viking Ship Burial
Oselberg, Norway
Ca. 825




Mural Board 4 – Beyond European Culture
(left to right / top to bottom)

from Tell el-Amarna
Egypt, Dynasty XVIII
Ca. 1353 – 1335 BCE.

Great Pyramids of Gizeh
Egypt, Dynasty IV
Pyramid of Menkaure
Ca. 2490 – 2472 BCE
Pyramid of Khafre
Ca. 2520 – 2494 BCE

Lamassu (winged human-headed bull)
from the Citadel of Sargon II
Dur Sharrukin (modern Khorsabad)
Ca. 720 – 705 BCE

Todaji, Japan
Nara Period
8th century (rebuilt ca.1700)

Jar – Blackware
by Maria Montoya Martinez
San Ildefonso Pueblo
New Mexico
Ca. 1939

Ivory belt mask of a Queen Mother
Benin, Nigeria
Mid – 16th century

Simulations of stone heads from
Easter island (Mural Board 3)



Mural Board 6 – Renaissance to Present
(left to right / top to bottom)

by Roy Lichtenstein

Florence Cathedral
Florence, Italy
begun 1296

Self Portrait
by Rembrandt van Rijn
Ca. 1659 - 1660

Madonna and Child
by Lucca Della Robbia
Orsan Michele
Florence, Italy
Ca. 1455 - 1460