Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR)

is a peer-populated platform for art history teachers. AHTR is home to a constantly evolving and collectively authored online repository of art history teaching content including, but not limited to, lesson plans, video introductions to museums, book reviews, image clusters, and classroom and museum activities. The site promotes discussion and reflection around new ways of teaching and learning in the art history classroom through a peer-populated blog, and fosters a collaborative virtual community for art history instructors at all career stages.

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    AHTR at CAA

    February 8, 2016

    We survived CAA! Thanks to all of the folks who came out to the two meet-and-greets. We enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting so many of you. It was great to finally meet in person some of the many wonderful contributors to the site. It was a pleasure to hear about how AHTR is used […]

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    Writing About Art

    January 31, 2016

    Welcome to the 2016 Writing About Art series on AHTR Weekly. As art history instructors, many of us struggle with teaching writing as part of our course material. Even though art history presents a wonderful framework within which to scaffold basic writing and research skills, we often find ourselves ill-prepared for tackling the complexities of […]

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    Happy Break! Some News and Updates from AHTR

    December 18, 2015

    With the last gasps of the Fall semester,  we all may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with year-end obligations. Rather than our usual post, we thought it would be a good moment to take a breath and tell you about some of the exciting things on the horizon for AHTR in the Spring. We begin by […]

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    Art History, Feminism, and Wikipedia

    December 11, 2015

        Could Wikipedia be a new frontier in art history? What might the Internet’s most popular general reference and free-access encyclopedia (not to mention the fifth-largest website in the world) offer a centuries-old academic discipline? How might its participatory model – the fact that anyone can access and edit most of its articles – […]

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    Collaborative Definitions

    December 4, 2015

    “What is DH? And what does it have to do with studying architecture and cities?”

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    Collaborating with CAA: Committee on Diversity Practice’s Resource Directory

    November 28, 2015

    As a classroom tool, the CAA Committee on Diversity Practice’s Resource Directory provides an innovative way to teach students about the use of primary source documents and online image databases.

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    More from n.paradoxa! (Feminism and the Visual Arts)

    November 20, 2015

    This year, I’ve developed three new resources on my website at which I hope will extend the range of access, possibility and topics for students and teachers working on contemporary art and feminism.

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    SECAC2015 Reflection: Socially Engaged Art History

    November 13, 2015

    Friday morning conference sessions that start at 8am aren’t typically standing-room only. But this was not a typical session. The gregarious early-bird response to the SECAC 2015 panel on “Socially Engaged Art History” can be attributed to the co-chairs’ keen conceptualization of their subject along with the groundswell of interest among art historians for what it augurs in our field.

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    A Postmortem: Textbook-Free Survey, The One-Year Anniversary

    November 6, 2015

    Driven by concerns about the rising cost of art-history textbooks, I developed and launched a year-long textbook-free teaching experiment for a global art-history survey course covering the art from the Renaissance up to today at the University of Mississippi from Fall 2014-Fall 2015. [I wrote a post about my early process here.] I taught using […]

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    Building a Teaching Materials Collection

    November 1, 2015

    Many of us become art historians because we love the materiality of things—the solid heft and feel of objects, the way that time marks its slow passage across their surfaces. We are seduced by the sharp scent of limestone in a medieval cathedral, the warp and weft of red silk damask decorating the walls of […]

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    Surveying the Survey at SECAC

    October 30, 2015

    Every pedagogy session I attend at SECAC  is incredibly well-attended and produces endless questions and wonderful discussions. This year, when the call for session proposals came out, I was rethinking my own survey class, planning on going text-book-free and poring over every page on AHTR. I decided to do my part in creating the type […]

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    Art and the #FergusonSyllabus

    October 16, 2015

    This past summer, I led a seminar inspired by the #FergusonSyllabus movement that Georgetown history professor Marcia Chatelain started back in August of 2014, in the wake of Michael Brown’s death, the protests in Ferguson, and the delayed start to school.                Chatelain wrote an article for the  Atlantic […]