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.

  • Online Teaching

    Baptism by Fire: Tips and Tactics from My First Time Teaching Remotely

    November 20, 2020

    While I’ve had many years of experience working with digital tools and creating digital art history projects, the transition to distance learning provided me with an opportunity to get creative and try some things that were new. Here are a few tips and tricks that I used, which others may find useful as we continue to teach and learn in an online environment.

  • Teaching Strategies

    Can COVID-19 Reinvigorate our Teaching? Employing Digital Tools for Spatial Learning

    November 14, 2020

    Spatial learning provides exciting possibilities, unhindered by remote learning (and perhaps unbound by it?), combining the brain’s natural aptitude for spatial thinking with the contextualization possible through virtual environments.

  • SoTL

    Conducting SoTL of an online art history course: using discourse analysis of discussion boards

    November 1, 2020

    For those of us who are just beginning to teach online, the concept of conducting scholarship of teaching and learning in addition to all of the other new responsibilities must sound about as much fun as running a virtual meeting while trying to homeschool new math.

  • Teaching Strategies

    Rethinking the Curriculum by Rethinking the Art History Survey

    October 14, 2020

    s a Renaissance art historian I am keenly aware of the passion that can be generated through “classic” works of art from the traditional Western survey, but it is long past the time that we stop prioritizing such a model. Doing so would not only be good for art history, but it might also offer the chance to lead by example for greater inclusivity and equity in higher education more broadly.

  • Writing About Art

    Decolonial Introduction to the Theory, History and Criticism of the Arts

    September 14, 2020

    Written by Carolin Overhoff Ferreira, Associate Professor at the Department of History of ArtFederal at the University of São Paulo, this book “draws on texts from recent picture and image theory, as well as on present-day Amerindian authors, anthropologists and philosophers [to] question the power structure inherent in Eurocentric art discourses and to decolonize art studies, using Brazil’s arts, its theory and history as a case study to do so.”

  • Equity in Education
    Online Teaching
    Student Voices
    Teaching Strategies

    Student Voices: The Online Switch

    August 14, 2020

    Author: Xavier Lopez is a queer art history student who has attended San Francisco State University and Mt. San Antonio College. He is transferring to UC Berkeley this coming fall to pursue a B.A. in Art History. With a focus on Pre-Columbian Art, Lopez hopes to further educate himself on these Indigenous cultures along with […]

  • Assignment
    Lesson Plan
    Online Teaching

    Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Formal Analysis:Updating a Classroom Staple for the Age of Remote Learning

    August 10, 2020

    With some creativity and advanced planning, remote modalities can actually offer important silver linings to the art historical instructor. In particular, a well-designed, intentional rethinking of the classic formal analysis exercise has the potential to facilitate the inclusivity that we as instructors strive to foster.

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    Online Teaching

    What do you see that makes you say that?: Gallery Teaching in the (Online) Art History Classroom

    July 31, 2020

    This is a reflection on the Hammer Museum Student Educator’s recent shift to digital conversations about art. In the past few months, the educators have transitioned to facilitating conversations about works of art with adult and K-12 groups on Zoom. While the bodily relationship to works of art is lost in the digital sphere, aspects of the educator’s facilitation have become richer and more nuanced.

  • Online Teaching

    Teaching Online Now

    July 22, 2020

    AHTR was founded as a space of community to share successes, failures, and reflections on teaching art history between peers. It was also founded so folks would not have to reinvent the wheel each time they taught; instead, they could expand the knowledge and experiences of colleagues. With this in mind, we have decided to devote the AHTR Weekly to teaching art history online throughout the coming academic year.

  • Online Teaching

    Art in Quarantine Assignment

    July 17, 2020

    Like many of us, the sudden pivot to online and distance learning has inspired me to be more creative with assessments in the first year survey courses I am teaching this summer. For one particular assignment I am asking students to do their own Art in Quarantine challenge recreating works of art from our syllabus using themselves and objects from their own homes.

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    Equity in Education
    Online Teaching

    Art + Feminism Remote Learning Guide

    July 11, 2020

    Art+Feminism has tools for teaching with Wikipedia that can be easily adapted for remote learning and remixed to any subject matter. These tools are made for the virtual space, creating a rich opportunity for students to contribute directly to the act of knowledge sharing and information advocacy while honing research and writing skills.

  • CAA
    Teaching Strategies

    The Art History Generalist: Challenges, Strategies and the Future of Teaching Art History

    May 22, 2020

    This week’s post is a summary of a CAA 2020 session panel of the same name. Introduction [Sarah Diebel is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Stout). She served as the Session Chair.]  I’m an art history generalist in the School of Art & Design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout with my […]