Last week in AP art history, we decided to pass out concept squares for the students to fill out their notes on. We thought that this would be a great way for each student to understand each artwork in depth. For AP art history, it is very important to not just memorize the name and artist of the artwork, but to also understand the context behind it.
The concept square has four sections to be filled out: content, context, formalism, and image (where they sketch the artwork). At the top of the page, they write down the artist, title, date, medium used, and location of the work.
So far, we have gotten pretty positive feedback. The students say that filling out these squares helps them understand the artwork better and everything that went into making the piece.