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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    Puzzling Through Early Medieval Manuscripts: An In-Class Exercise

    October 2, 2015

    Whenever I talk with fellow art historians about teaching, one common question that arises is how to get our students to be more active in their observations of artworks. How do we cultivate (and inspire a love of) looking at art, rather than simply seeing or scanning it? One traditional–and effective–method is to encourage students […]

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    Teaching from a Feminist Revisionist Perspective

    September 25, 2015

    Feminist art history has two meanings: the study of feminist art made from the late 1960s to the present and a revisionist reading of the history of art to examine women and their images and involvement as artists and patrons. I want to consider the second version here to clarify what a feminist revisionist reading […]

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    Pedagogy through Observation

    September 18, 2015

    How do we learn to teach?  Can we learn through reading, through observation, or only through the actual practice of teaching?  What are the most useful things we can do to prepare before entering the classroom?  How can we “find our voice” as teachers, and formulate our own unique style? These were some of the […]

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    Slow Teaching

    September 11, 2015

    At some point on the first day of classes I am going to ask my students to answer some questions anonymously. In all honesty, why did you enroll in this course? What final grade you would be happy with? What about this class are you most concerned or anxious about? Exploring students’ responses over the […]

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    Field Notes from an Experiment in Student-Centered Pedagogy

    September 4, 2015

    How can art history be made engaging and relevant to students coming at the topic from diverse disciplines and backgrounds? How can students gain agency in the process of studying historic art and architecture? To what extent can an art history survey be participatory and student-driven? I frequently grappled with these questions while working as […]

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    AHTRchat: Syllabus Planning

    August 6, 2015

    On Wednesday August 5, Art History Teaching Resources held our first #AHTRchat to discuss syllabus planning and brainstorm about resources for our classes. We kicked it off by discussing how to plan a course without using a textbook.

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    An AHTR Twitter Chat: Syllabus Planning

    July 29, 2015

    What’s going on? If you’ve been thinking summer would be a great time to start prepping classes for the fall, but haven’t quite gotten around to it, AHTR has plans to help you out!  Join us on Twitter for an #AHTRchat on Wednesday August 5, between 7-8pm (EST) to talk about syllabus planning.  Topics may […]



    Art History Pedagogy and Practice: Please Help Us with Our Journal Initiative

    June 30, 2015

    Dear Colleagues and Friends, recently received a grant from The Kress Foundation to conduct preliminary research for an e-journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in Art History that will launch in 2016. We are writing to ask for your help with this initiative by completing a ten-minute survey before July 17. AHTR is […]

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    Interactivity and Communication in the Art History Classroom

    June 19, 2015

    This semester I taught two courses, one was a larger lecture course on Southern Baroque art and architecture, and the other was a seminar course on Latin American art. Both were primarily made up of junior and senior art or architecture majors. Each class had two major interactive components. In the lecture course students chose […]

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    Join in! Pioneerworks Summit on Pedagogy, June 21st

    June 3, 2015

    In an effort to facilitate pedagogical exchange, Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation will host its first annual Summit on Pedagogy on June 21, 2015.

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    Art History Pedagogy and Practice

    May 26, 2015

    We are excited to announce that AHTR has received a Kress Digital Resources Grant for $20,000 to support preliminary research toward development of Art History Pedagogy and Practice, an academic, peer reviewed e-journal devoted to pedagogy in art history that will be hosted on the AHTR website.

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    Questions for an Evolving Discipline

    May 18, 2015

    Digital scholars, how should your work be assessed? New technologies have complicated definitions and assessments of scholarship as many of us learn to build tools, create multi-media and non-traditional projects, and communicate our work to a wider public. As scholars, we count on feedback and reviews from peers and professors to validate and improve upon all of our […]