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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    Teaching Feminism +Art History: Intersectionality

    April 29, 2016



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    Philosophy and Visual Culture

    April 22, 2016

    As a philosophy professor, I use images of artworks in my teaching often, by way of rendering philosophical ideas more accessible to my students, and also for the sheer delight of looking at art (some of them have apparently not experienced this!). In doing so I assume that a work of art is a concrete […]

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    Teaching Violence, Destruction, and Propaganda at Nimrud in Antiquity and Today

    April 10, 2016

    When I asked the students in my freshman survey what they thought of when they considered the terms “art” and “history,” ISIS’ recent spate of destruction came up almost immediately. I began to think about how I might integrate a discussion of the recent events into my survey syllabus. I decided it was not enough to talk about what ISIS is doing; I wanted to address how they use visual media to accomplish their aims.

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    Writing about Art Forming Relationships with Colleagues on Campus and Reinforcing the Basic Skills

    April 3, 2016

    [Editor note: This post is part of our 2016 series on Writing about Art. This installment comes from Craig Houser, who teaches full time in the Art Department and is the co-director of Art History at the City College of New York.] CCNY requires its undergraduate students to take two writing-intensive courses: a Freshman Inquiry […]

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    Seeing Music

    April 1, 2016

    While I was working at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, I attended a session about Visual Thinking Strategies. The method’s ingenuity lies in its simplicity; participants study an image and their observations are teased out with subtle and careful questions, revealing a startling level of nuance. It struck me as a wonderfully refreshing way to engage students in a conversation about the unfamiliar, and I started to wonder if some of these principles could be applied to the study of music.

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    Art Teaching & Art History: A Reflection on BHQF’s Radical Pedagogy Working Group

    March 27, 2016

    The first meeting of BHQFU’s Radical Pedagogy Working Group, held a few Wednesday evenings ago, centered on aims for the spring. What did we want from this investigation of art teaching? Some wanted support and solidarity, others preferred arguments, some looked for inspiration, and others for concrete strategies. I hadn’t formulated particular aims for the […]

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    Reacting to the Past in Practice

    March 25, 2016

    I discovered Reacting to the Past last summer after a particularly challenging semester. For the most part, my students did relatively well; however, more than half of them were disengaged in class. What was going on?

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    Reacting to the Past: Art in Paris, 1888-89

    March 18, 2016

    In 2006 I attended my first Reacting to the Past annual Institute at Barnard College in New York City. I went with the worst attitude imaginable. And it was August and sweltering in New York. And I had to stay in a residence hall. Games for teaching sounded juvenile (oh, can you hear the whining?). I was […]

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    Every Museum Is a Museum of Symmetries

    March 12, 2016

    Exposure to and participation in the arts enriches students’ college experiences and greatly enhances their abilities to learn, understand, and function across a range of critical literacies. This post is the first in a short series that explores the use of visual culture in disciplines other than art history.

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    Managing a MOOC

    March 4, 2016

    Several years ago I wrote a MOOC, The Modern Genius: Art and Culture in the 19th Century. I had never assigned the MOOC course to any of my students, but that changed this January, when my Honors Modern Art students enrolled in the MOOC and we experimented with a completely flipped classroom.

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    Flip that Class

    February 24, 2016

    I know many people have heard of the “flipped” method of education. Essentially, it is the paradigm of old: students do homework and come to class prepared and then new material is covered. I’ve heard many faculty in higher education scoff at this method, saying that it’s actually “what they have always done.” But how […]

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    Call for the Archive

    February 19, 2016

      A short post this week reminding the AHTR community of the new Archive initiative. We usually use the Weekly soon after CAA or SECAC to post a summation of the pedagogy sessions in which AHTR has participated. But now, with the Archive, which we hope to launch in the next few months, this would […]