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

    “Walking on the Grass: Using Campus as Source Material”

    March 27, 2017

    Monmouth University’s Department of Art and Design offers majors in studio arts, photography, graphic and interactive design, animation, and a minor in art history. As part of art foundations our majors must pass two sections of the History of Western Art—Part I (Prehistoric to Gothic) and Part II (Renaissance to Contemporary), plus one or two […]

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    Collaborative Zines: Making Art History Accessible to Pre-Service Educators

    March 24, 2017

    As new, digital technologies emerge and improve–from augmented and virtual realities to advancements in 3D printing to smart phone capabilities–there has also been a notable resurgence of analog technologies. Vinyl records and cassette tapes, Polaroid cameras and film and even typewriters are being produced at increased rates. With this resurges comes a renewed interest in […]

  • Reflection

    STEM to STEAM in the Academic Museum

    March 20, 2017

    A number of authors, including David Sousa and Tom Pilecki, have described the benefits of arts integration in publications and lectures, and supported this move from STEM to STEAM. Drawing from my contribution to a College Art Association panel on the role of art history in STEAM, two case studies from the Colby College Museum of Art offer potential models for how such collaborations might occur.

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    Virtual Reality in the Art History Classroom

    March 15, 2017

    I recently become fascinated with virtual reality and the realism I experience by viewing through a small boxlike device- in this case, Google Cardboard.  I wondered if there could be connections made between virtual reality and my survey art history course for students at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY.  I began by searching […]

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    ARTmap: A New Paradigm for Teaching Art History to the Online Learner

    March 10, 2017

    I began to ask myself, “how do I capture the texture and context of the live educational environment and put it online?” An accountability of interest became the thesis of my quest. If was bored with the curriculum, I knew that my students would be, too….

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    Student Dialogues and Scholarly Discourse: Helping Undergraduates Join the Conversation

    March 9, 2017

    In the last week of February, students in my Art History Survey I course at the University of Colorado Denver presented a series of scripted conversations focused primarily on artworks from the Denver Art Museum. These presentations were the culmination of what I call the “Artwork Dialogue” assignment. While introducing students to local museum collections […]

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    The Skillful Curator: A Case Study in Curatorial Pedagogy and Collective Exhibition-Making

    March 3, 2017

    For my recent contribution to a College Art Association panel on pedagogy, feminism and activism, I presented as a case study a graduate curatorial practice course I developed at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for which I curated an exhibition alongside sixteen students. While the curatorial field is considered hospitable to […]

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    Lesson Plan

    Appalachian Identities and Photography as Social Commentary

    February 25, 2017

    Through in-class discussion and office hour chats, I have learned that many of my students feel strong ties to an Appalachian identity. Some struggle to maintain a connection to home, the mountains, and deep family bonds and traditions while fighting against stereotypical representations of the region and the very real problems eastern Kentuckians face: poverty, poor health, addiction, and unemployment.

  • Announcement

    CAA 2017 Panels on Pedagogy

    February 12, 2017

    We at AHTR are looking forward to seeing friends, colleagues, and meeting new faces at CAA 2017. Here’s a list assembled of all the pedagogy-related panels at CAA this coming week.

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    Entering the Conversation: Using Student Blogging to Encourage Original Writing, Critical Thinking, and Personal Investment

    February 3, 2017

    During the fall 2016 semester, I taught Art Since 1945 and utilized WordPress as an online platform for four writing assignments. My goal was that this series of assignments would encourage students to “enter the conversation” and become engaged practitioners in writing about contemporary art.

  • Frida Kahlo vs. Florence and the Machine

    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 […]

  • Announcement

    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.