Art History


Advanced (AP) Art History, updated for current AP curriculum requirements (see table of contents posted below), is a finishing course for many high school students, bringing together math, science, social studies, English and foreign language that spans the school curriculum. The course encourages students to observe objects closely, not only for their aesthetic beauty, but also for what the object reveals about the society, time and culture that produced it. To this end, the student brings with him or her all their travel experiences, cultural background, and knowledge of literature and history to bear on each pertinent object. This synthesis is one of the strengths of teaching a course like this: everyone in the class has something personal to contribute, to explain, to interpret. Students are taught that art analysis is the key to understanding the function works of art play in society. Besides the traditional formal analysis usually taught in art history classes, students will be exposed to new interpretations based on such subjects as context, biographical criticism, and cross-cultural influences. Disciplines such as archeology, curatorship and restoration will be explored as they impact on art historical thought. Students in art history need to know a great many facts about works of art, but equally important they learn to interpret, understand and analyze works that have been considered, or will one day be considered, classics.

Teaching art history has its dangers for the teacher: at times it seems like a mass of facts, civilizations, artists and cultures. The class notes, daily lesson plans, pacing guide and worksheets help to organize all the essential avenues of study, as well as provide activities that clarify artistic trends and expand student horizons. Reaching beyond the likes and dislikes of a student’s taste, an art history teacher knows he or she has found success when a student displays the ability to synthesize artistic currents into a valid interpretation.

The common experience of all advanced art history teachers and perhaps the benchmark of success is a student’s post card, delivered years later to the school mailbox that reads something like this: “I am standing here in front of the Colosseum in Rome, and I was reminded of your class. I just want to tell you how much…” Advanced Art History is an experience that lasts a student’s lifetime.

Book Review:
Advanced Art History is the best handbook in print for beginning and experienced AP teachers looking for practical help and high-quality classroom materials. John Nici’s publication includes syllabi, a pacing guide, daily lesson plans, class notes, assessments (with keys), a student activities workbook, state standards, and excellent practical advice . . . this book is the best handbook on which to build an AP Art History course that I have ever read, and I have read most of those published. There is no other such handbook in any medium currently in print that can be described as even remotely competitive with Advanced Art History. – Joy Sperling, Chief Reader-designate for AP Art History for the College Board.

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I have had a feeling of impending doom for the last 5 weeks BUT I just received your book from Teaching Point and a wave of relief occurred. First I am down right impressed with the immense amount of work you have put into this course. You truly have laid out detailed lessons that will make my job so much easier. — Ross Grandin, Connectquot High School, NY

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Table of Contents

Unit 1: Prehistoric, Mesopotamian and Egyptian Art Unit 6: Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical Art
UNIT 2: The Art of Ancient Greece and Rome Unit 7: Romanticism through Symbolism
Unit 3: Medieval Art UNIT 8: Modern Art through Post-Modern
Unit 4: Renaissance Art UNIT 9: Non-Western Art in Asia
Unit 5: High Renaissance Art UNIT 10: Non-Western Art of Africa, the Americas and Oceana

These instructional support materials (available in print or eBook versions), cover the complete course (at regular, honors, AP and IB levels), whether it be semester, year or 2-year (IB) with daily support for all aspects of instruction. The Teacher's Edition includes a syllabus; daily pacing guide; detailed daily lesson plans; teacher edition of student activity book or lab manual with answers; class notes for lecture supprot in PDF and/or editable PowerPoint's (for use with light projector or smartboard); and complete editable assessments. Classroom sets include 25 printed student books and Teacher Edition. Samples are available for each course (including short term review eBook copies of complete course material in screen view only versions upon request). After purchase of the Teacher Edition in any of the various editions, student activity books or lab manuals are available for purchase in download or printed versions. Although the online eBook version is screen view only, other versions are available that allow printing student material. Click here for details.

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Advanced (AP) Art History, updated for current AP curriculum requirements (see table of contents posted below), is a finishing course for many high school students, bringing together math, science, social studies, English and foreign language that spans the school curriculum.


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Class Set with perpetual license – Printed Version, Mentoring Teacher Program Subscription, Printed Student Book, Student eBook, Teacher Edition Subscription – eBook Version, Teacher Edition Subscription Printed Version

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859/ISBN: 978-1-59657-714-5, 859/ISBN: 978-1-59657-225-6, Class Set CD/ISBN: 978-1-59657-715-2, 288/ISBN: 978-1-59657-460-1, 288/ISBN: 978-1-59657-226-3, No page count.No ISBN number. Use product code.


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