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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    Google Art Project to Prezi: Jackson Pollock and Thomas Kinkade

    December 2, 2016

    In a previous article on Art History Teaching Resources, I outlined my experiences using Google Arts Project (GAP) in my online art history classes to create virtual exhibitions. At the time, GAP was the only online program that offered its users the ability to create their own exhibition complete with text and image without having […]

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    Researching Globally with an Online Resource from The Museum of Modern Art

    November 18, 2016

    We would like to introduce museum and classroom educators to this free, online resource on global art from The Museum of Modern Art. Featuring essays, interviews, archival materials, bibliographies and more that reflect new perspectives emerging in art history today, post makes an excellent supplement to courses on non-Western art at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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    Crash and Burn

    November 12, 2016

    Your course plan looked great on paper. It passed departmental faculty review. Perhaps it even integrated some progressive pedagogical experimentations. In sum, the class held real promise. But when it got to the classroom, your first-run of the course was received with far less enthusiasm than you anticipated. Really, it crashed and burned. You begin […]

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    Putting Words in Their Mouths: Using Art History to Help the Art Student with the Artist Statement

    November 4, 2016

    Teaching the art history survey at an arts college undoubtedly has its advantages: students come primed with an understanding of the techniques and challenges of various art forms and, quite often, they are also very passionate about their artistic opinions.  One of the most heated debates that often arises, for example, is that surrounding the […]

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    Writing About Art

    Rationales and Realities in Assigning Research Papers at SECAC

    October 28, 2016

    Last year I chaired a session on survey classes at SECAC and I got so many new ideas, that I decided to propose another pedagogy session this year. While I always love regular conference sessions in my own field, sessions on pedagogy always end up being incredibly invigorating, giving me new ideas and getting me […]

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    AP Art History

    Bringing the Museum to AP Art History—a Model for Collaboration

    October 21, 2016

    The Challenge In 2015-16, the College Board rolled out its redesigned AP Art History course.  The new curriculum moved away from a largely Western and Eurocentric curriculum to a more holistic understanding of art history from a global perspective.  As a high school teacher, the difficulty inherent to this new curriculum revolved not only around […]

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    Lesson Plan

    Learning to Look Critically with The Museum of Modern Art’s “Seeing Through Photographs” MOOC

    October 14, 2016

    The following is a reflection on the genesis of MoMA’s recent MOOC on Photography. We hope this post will introduce museum and classroom teachers to this MoMA resource on photography and encourage its use, where appropriate, as self-guided learning for your students and as a supplementary resource for survey and elective courses in this area of art history and practice.

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    A Superficial Glance: An appeal for deeper insight into paintings

    October 7, 2016

    Contemporary scientific methods allow us to peek beneath the surface of the painting. I would like to argue that a look beneath the surface of a painting offers a deeper insight into its materiality, and the specific technical and cultural context of its maker(s).

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    The TeachArt Wiki

    September 30, 2016

    A number of years ago while taking a break from grading the term papers of a large survey course in which students were assigned to visit a museum and write about an artwork of their choice, I commented to my wife and colleague, Guey-Meei Yang, about each semester feeling like the movie Groundhog Day as […]

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    The Out-of-Town Class Trip to the Museum

    September 23, 2016

    When I began teaching as a graduate student, it was in New York, and the resources of the city were at my fingertips.  Every semester, I sent my students to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the Frick, or the Brooklyn Museum, for the invaluable experience of seeing representative art from the course, in person.  […]

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    Acting Out: Teaching Music History with Role-Playing

    September 9, 2016

    [Editors’ note: In August, Karen and Parme attended the Arts in Society Conference, an interdisciplinary forum for discussion of the role of the arts in society. They presented “AHTR: An OER Community for Pedagogical Practice in Art History,” which served to present AHTR and the new journal, Art History Pedagogy and Practice, to those in […]

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    Welcome to the fall 2016 semester from AHTR!

    September 3, 2016

    As you prepare your courses for the fall, please keep in mind the many resources available at ATHR.  Explore the thematic lesson plans that offer different ways to engage students in art history. For general teaching ideas, our team has been combing the AHTR archives for our favorite posts and assignments from the past, and these are now featured under the #AHTRfaves hashtag on Twitter.