Art History Teaching Resources

Peer-populated resources for art history teachers

Happy Holidays from AHTR!

We hope this post finds you finished with grading … or nearly there. AHTR is taking a hiatus for a few weeks returning on January 22, 2015, to announce the … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Joint Statement from Museum Bloggers and Colleagues on Ferguson and related events

AHTR stands together with the art historians and educators who have co-signed the text below, and with the wider academic community to express solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and to support … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Can We Create a Culture That Values Good Teaching?

[Ed. note: We read Len Cassuto’s piece below when it was originally posted on The Chronicle of Higher Education in late May 2014, and asked his permission to repost it … Continue reading

December 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

Teaching feminism in relation to contemporary art

Guest Author: Katy Deepwell Contemporary art (whether defined post-1945, post-1970 or post-1989) has to be considered in a global context and beyond a purely national framework. Survey courses have tended … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

How to Survive Teaching an Architecture Course: A Guide for Non-Architectural Art Historians

Guest Author: Elizabeth Berkowitz There comes a time in every young, adjunct professor’s life when one is called upon to teach a course abutting, but generally outside of one’s area … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

What advice for students considering grad school in humanities?

[Ed. note: This originated as an email from David on the Consortium or Art and Architectural Historians (CAAH) list serv, and he has kindly repurposed it into an edited blog post for AHTR.] Many of … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · 1 Comment

Re-Designing the Survey Course, Textbook-Free

Guest author: Kris Belden-Adams [Ed. Note–we’re proud that AHTR started exploring ways to re-think textbooks as part of the art history survey as far back as our first month online. The … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 4 Comments

Participatory Learning in the Art History Classroom

Guest Author: Ioana Literat As an academic with a very mixed disciplinary heritage–I come from a film studies background, I’m completing a PhD in communication, and I research art!–I’ve been … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

Art History Selfie: Art Where You Live

  Guest Author: Stacie Widdifield I am contributing this as a response to Hallie Scott’s great post on her art history Instagram assignment. I teach a 3-week online western survey in … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Art of Skipping Centuries

Guest author: Olivia Powell This semester, I will practice the art of skipping centuries on the 6th floor of Schermerhorn Hall at Columbia University. I have been honing this unusual … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · 4 Comments

Review: “MyArtsLab” (for Stokstad and Cothren’s “Art History”)

Guest Author:  Marie Gasper-Hulvat, Assistant Professor of Art History at Kent State University at Stark [Ed. note: We at AHTR–and this week’s author–are deeply invested in free, open access resources for students and … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · 26 Comments

Back to School: AHTR Fall 2014

And here we are again….Fall semester. We could write something trite such as, “where did the summer go?” But wait! “Where DID the summer go?” AHTR is very excited about … Continue reading

August 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Call for Participation

AHTR is pleased to send out the second Call for Participation. The new site will launch sometime in September and the lectures we received in response to the first Call … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Race-ing Art History: A Case Study in applying ePortfolios to a First Year Seminar

Last fall, I taught a first year seminar using electronic portfolios, or eportfolios. At the university where I work, I serve as the director of assessment in addition to being … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

#arthistory: Instagram and the Intro to Art History Course

Guest author:  Hallie Scott From museum selfies to the digital humanities instagram has become a major force in the art world. Artists now cultivate ‘instagram practices’, art institutions have thousands … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · 9 Comments

Hemingway: A Simple Online Tool for Better Short-Form Writing (Museum 2.0)

Guest Author: Nina Simon [Ed. note: Here’s an app–Hemingway–that might be of interest when fall course prep starts to loom. Nina writes on its application in museums here, but cross-over … Continue reading

June 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

From Paris to New York: Summarizing my first year behind the lectern

Guest author: Johanna Sluiter Having answered all of my students’ emails and submitted their grades to the Registrar, I have officially completed my first year of undergraduate teaching. My feelings, … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Is There a Traditional Definition of Art History Anymore?

Guest author: Rebecca Herz In mid-May, I finished my first semester teaching undergraduate art history classes, one of which was a survey course covering Western art from the 14th through 20th … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · 28 Comments

summer reading……

AHTR continues to grow and flourish. We have been blessed with receiving a second grant, which has enabled us to hire three copy editors who will assist with getting the … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Curating the Classroom (or In Situ Teaching)

Guest author: Randall Edwards Confronted with the problem of students who were often unable to visit a museum during the semester, Karen Shelby discussed the merits of using video to … Continue reading

May 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Teaching Outside of Your Subject Area

Contributions by: Jenn Ball, Erika Nelson, Ana Perry, Lisa Tannenbaum, Trinity Martinez, and Abigail Lapin. On two occasions, the Art History Department at the CUNY Graduate Center has offered a practicum … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

Hanging Out with AHTR

Author: Ginger Spivey This spring AHTR will begin a series of on-line discussions, using Google+ Hangouts as a way to get together virtually and talk about teaching art history.  If … Continue reading

April 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Introducing AHTR’s new Contributing Editors

We are so excited that AHTR is growing by leaps and bounds. In the coming months, we’ll be debuting a new site design and a ton of expanded content written … Continue reading

April 28, 2014 · 4 Comments

Art History 2.0: Wölff brings us into the 21st century

Guest author: Greg Bryda [Ed. Note: We saw Greg’s project on and loved that an art historian was taking on the digital and the entrepreneurial–and we thought that as his … Continue reading

April 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

Taking Note of Art History

Guest Author: Sooran Choi Note-taking is undoubtedly an important skill to possess. Studies have shown that classroom note-taking is part of effective learning, and enhances memory. However, the question I would … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Team-based Learning for Art Historians

Guest authors: Jennifer Ball and Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank Recently we participated in a workshop on Team-Based Learning (TBL) at Brooklyn College, a process where your students are divided into permanent teams … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

“Teaching ain’t just lectures and exams.” On Letters of Recommendation…

Guest author: Alexis Carrozza I wrote my first letter of recommendation about seven or eight years ago when I was a teaching assistant while pursuing my M.A. in art history. … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Plagiarism Chronicles….

Guest author: Cara Jordan  [Plagiarism (1621) from L.plagiarius “kidnapper,seducer, plunderer,” used in the sense of “literary thief.”] It’s mid-semester.  By now, our survey students are getting into the swing of things – they’ve turned in a few assignments, and … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · 4 Comments

Museum Object Portfolio Assignment

Guest author: Elise Smith, Professor of Art History, Millsaps College Most of us have had some experience teaching with art “in the flesh” – in museums or galleries – rather … Continue reading

March 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Making History: Wikipedia Editing as Pedagogical and Public Intervention

Guest Authors: Alexandra Thom and Saisha Grayson On the first Saturday in February, the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art hosted an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in partnership with … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · 7 Comments

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