Preparing Students for Advanced Placement Art History

AP 592.300 John Nici

There have been many changes to the Advanced Placement Art History exam lately, and every teacher needs to be able to prepare students for these changes. This program is designed to address the redesign of the new types of questions that are being asked in both the multiple choice and essay sections of the exam. Participants will be encouraged to create their own lessons which will address these changes during the workshop, as well as learn how to craft their own essays and rubrics for classroom practice and testing. There will be a special focus on the course redesign, and a thorough exploration of some of the more obscure works now on the art history image list. There also will be a museum visit.


John Nici

John Nici

John Nici has been an AP Art History teacher since 1981 and recently retired from Lawrence High School in Cedarhurst, New York. He is an adjunct professor at Queens College in Flushing, New York since 1990, teaching specialty courses in Medieval Art, Italian Renaissance and Baroque, and nineteenth century European art. He gives College Board teacher workshops and has served as a Question Leader during the reading. He has published two books on art history pedagogy including Barron’s Guide to AP Art History, now in its Fourth edition. He has delivered several scholarly talks on subjects such as Delacroix and medieval crowns at symposia around the country. In 2004 he was granted the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by Adjunct Faculty by Queens College. He has two master’s degrees, one in English Literature and the other in Art History, both earned at Queens College. He is recently the author of Famous Works of Art—and How They Got That Way, published by Rowman and Littlefield.