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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    Writing About Art

    Bridging the Gap: Art and Popular Culture in the Formal Analysis Comparison

    January 5, 2017

    Editors’ note: This post is part of our ongoing series on Writing about Art. Here, Dr. Mary Slavkin explores new ways to approach the traditional formal analysis paper assigned in most art history survey courses. Hallie Scott’s AHTR post #arthistory: Instagram and the Intro to Art History Course led me to retool my formal analysis comparison […]

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    Happy New Year from AHTR!

    December 31, 2016

    Only one week after publication, articles from AHPP had been downloaded 1035 times by readers at 71 institutions in 36 countries. We are thrilled to support this scholarship and dialogue, and look forward to more next year. 

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    Museums

    Engaging AP Art History Students at Louisville’s Speed Art Museum

    December 9, 2016

    The redesigned AP Art History curriculum, which debuted for the May 2016 APAH exam provides an excellent opportunity for student engagement with a local museum’s collection. The curriculum encourages this relationship by specifically referencing the importance of museum visits as a part of formal assessment and contextual analysis. Like other APAH teachers I am excited […]

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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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    Reflection

    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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    Assignment

    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
    Museums

    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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    Museums
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    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 […]