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Student Testimonials

  • "I really like the pacing and how the notes are run; everything is set up in a way that I feel that I understand the information being given, and the workload is manageable." -Iris Canko, '23

    "I would suggest this course to others, this is due to this class being highly informational. The work load is moderate and the content and pace is amazing." -Anonymous Student, '22

    "If someone was curious about taking AP Art History, I would recommend the course 100%. I would relay the message that Mr. Secules is an amazing teacher and will always help all his students if they need it." -Anonymous Student, '21

    "Honestly, I didn’t really know what kind of a class I was getting into when I began, but I have loved every second of it. I think this class is great to take not only if you’re interested in art or history, but in any other subject. These works of art have crazy stories behind them and it is fascinating to learn about." -Ainsley Hufford, '22

    "I think this class is great. For those who are unsure about this course, trust me, is fun. The workload is manageable, and the content is very interesting to learn." -Anonymous Student, '22

    "Even if you're a STEM person, there's no downfall to expanding your mindset and perspective -- something you can mention in your college interviews like I did. Many of the pieces we learn about have an incredibly interesting story that would otherwise remain unknown if it wasn't for the class. There's history for the humanities person and analysis for the STEM person." -Angelina Yuan, '21

    "At the end of my sophomore year I was having a hard time trying to decide which classes I should take and I thought that this course would be fun and interesting which is exactly what it turned out to be. I think that the pace and workload of this course was perfect and allowed me to be able to get everything done with the perfect amount of time and allowed me to maintain a good grade for most of the school year." -Graciela Solano, '22 

    *All student comments and names used with permission of the student.

  • Summer Assignment

    At least once over the summer, visit an art museum or take an online virtual tour at a museum website. It can be a major museum, like The Getty or The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or it can be a smaller, more local museum, like the Oceanside Art Museum or Orange County Museum of Art, or it can even be a piece of public art. Pick out one work that you enjoy or are "stopped" by and, in 250 words or less, tell me the following about the work:

    1. Describe the work of art in detail and point out what aspects of the work stand out to you the most.
    2. What is your reaction to the work? How does it make you feel? Do you like it or not, and why or why not?
    3. Look around the work of art and comment on how well you think it "fits" within the space it is presented.

    This assignment is due Friday, August 18th. Enjoy your summer; fill it with art!

AP/IB Art History

  • It's an Art class that doesn't require you to create Art. We just look at Art.

    This class combines the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Bacalaureate (IB) courses for Art History. The aim of the course is to introduce students to art making and expression and provide the necessary skills to analyze and evaluate works of art in their respective historical contexts. Art History is a subject that inherently requires students to synthesize information as the content always aims to place works of art in their respective historical periods and cultures, and proper understanding requires the study of a variety of contextual aspects, such as culture, religion, and artistic movement. In my opinion, this visual record of history breathes life into peoples ancient and modern and helps us recognize our shared humanity through the centuries.