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.

  • Assignment

    No really, THIS is the essay you should remember in twenty years!: Didactic Posters for Foundational Texts

    May 17, 2019

    [Editors note: Mary’s essay is the first in a short series of AHTR Weekly posts that address how to help students read and retain information from assigned texts.] It is often hard to convince my students that one particular reading, artwork, or artist is of such foundational importance that it changed the discipline—and they should […]

  • CAA
    Equity in Education

    Decolonizing and Diversifying Are Two Different Things: A Workshop Case Study

    May 10, 2019

    We (Amber and Ana) met in 2018 through our involvement with Interference Archive’s Education Working Group. Interference Archive is a volunteer-run space in Brooklyn centering the cultural production that emerges from social movements through an open stacks archival collection, exhibitions, and events. The Education Working Group facilitates the use of Interference Archive’s resources for pedagogical […]

  • Reflection

    A Transcultural Introduction to Art

    May 3, 2019

    As art history has grown steadily more global, transcultural, and intercultural, many of us have sought ways to revise introductory courses in order to de-center western art, to represent the discipline of art history as inherently multicultural, and – while we’re at it – to find alternatives to the chronological ordering of material. The course […]

  • Assignment
    Writing About Art

    Teaching Art History and Writing II: SECAC Conference Panel Review

    April 27, 2019

    Many of us have overheard the frustrated professorial refrain, “My students should have learned how to write in their Freshman Composition class!” Perhaps some of us are even guilty of such utterances ourselves. But this myth, which Linda S. Bergmann and Janet Zapernick call the “inoculation approach” to writing instruction, creates a false separation between […]

  • Design

    Take A Closer Look At (and Teach) W.E.B. Du Bois’s Afrofuturist Data Visualizations from 1900

    April 19, 2019

    WEB DuBois’ boldly colored graphs and charts interrogated everything from literacy to population distribution to employment, and a striking lead image for the Georgia study represented the “color line”–the transatlantic slave trade route–further theorized by Du Bois in his 1903 The Souls of Black Folk. As Battle-Baptiste and Rusert attest, “while a broader American culture was not ready to recognize the existence of a school of black sociologists in the US South, Du Bois turned to a visual medium–and the proto-modernist aesthetics of turn-of-the-century data visualization–to gain the attention of an international audience.”

  • Assignment

    Fred Wilson in the Classroom

    April 12, 2019

    [Editor’s note: this week’s post provides a few ideas on how to incorporate the work of a specific artist into the overall program of a class. This method expands upon the traditional ways in which art and artists are shared with students.] [1] Institutional Critique: Following Fred Wilson and Mark Dion           […]

  • Assignment

    Renaissance “Chopped”: Mixing the history of food in Renaissance Italy and  food competitions

    April 5, 2019

    Overview Renaissance “Chopped” is an in-class activity that can be adapted for courses at all levels of art history and is appropriate for both majors and non-majors in the discipline. While it works best with 6 or 7 groups, it is also appropriate for smaller seminars. My students came up with the topic that led […]

  • Reflection
    Student Voices

    Student Voices: A Conversation about Collaboration

    March 29, 2019

    The conversation below sheds light on the collaborative process between a professor and student as they co-authored the paper “On Frida Kahlo, Salma Hayek, and Linda Nochlin: A Case Study of Art, Gender, and Pain in the Wake of #MeToo,” recently featured on AHTR and presented at College Art Association’s (CAA) 2019 Annual Conference. The […]

  • Assignment

    On Frida Kahlo, Salma Hayek, and Linda Nochlin: A Classroom Case Study of Art, Gender, and Pain in the Wake of #MeToo

    March 22, 2019

    In the wake of #MeToo, many educators pondered how to incorporate the movement into their curriculum. In the spring of 2018, just four months after Ashley Judd’s sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein sparked a relaunching of Tarana Burke’s original 2006 phrase “Me Too,” I was scheduled to teach an art history course titled “Women and Gender […]

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    Digital Humanities

    Digital Toolkit, Part I: Podcasting and Video Production

    March 15, 2019

    In a previous post, I outlined some of the reasons why more art historians should be presenting our research through podcasts and videos. They’re engaging, they have a wide reach, they help keep us honest about our arguments and materials. These are also the reasons why we should be teaching our students to present their […]

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    Student Voices

    My Time at CAA: An Undergraduate’s Story of the Annual Conference

    March 8, 2019

    “Que Dios me la bendiga y la proteje,” said my mother as we stood hugging next to the bustling TSA lines of Orlando International Airport. Not caring that lines were filling up fast with travelers, I hugged her tighter and tighter until she let out a soft chuckle warning me not to break her espalda […]

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    The value of storytelling in the Digital Humanities

    March 1, 2019

    With the recent establishment of the Digital Art History Society, it seems that art history as a discipline has finally, officially staked out our own corner of the Digital Humanities world. It was a long time coming, and many brilliant people had a hand in it—including those here at AHTR. It’s fantastic to see an […]