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

    Google Map Project

    January 11, 2019

    Digital maps and related applications are indispensable for our students’ geo-spatial, contextual, and phenomenological navigation through the world. Researchers at the MIT Media Lab posit that the human brain is a “system in which affective functions and cognitive ones are inextricably integrated with one another.”[1]  To take advantage of this connection I designed a learning […]

  • Equity in Education

    What does it mean to have an equitable classroom?

    January 4, 2019

    What does it mean to have an equitable classroom? I believe that an equitable classroom is a place where each member remembers that each other member is a whole person. And, as instructors, we remember that even if the students are not content experts in the material being learned, they can engage in their own […]

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    From the AHTR Archives: Wrapping up with student reflections

    December 14, 2018

    Editor’s note: This post was originally published as “Wrapping Up: asking students to reflect and evaluate” on Dec. 3, 2013.  Please share your own experiences with assigning course reflections at the end of the semester in the comments below or with AHTR’s public group on Facebook.     We’re nearly at the end of the semester […]

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    Questioning The Ethics Of Required Textbooks

    December 7, 2018

    This fall, I had the opportunity to teach a first-year seminar: basically, a course designed to introduce new students to the college experience and the values of a liberal arts education. While the students were generally excited about the start of this new phase of their lives, most were also a bit understandably anxious. They […]

  • Fashion Design

    Reinserting the Fat Body into Fashion History—A Reading List

    November 30, 2018

    Much as in the discipline of art history, the history of fashion has tended to focus on the stories and output of great designers, or the artists of our field. The privileging of these so-called “hemline histories,” however, has problematically been at the expense of stories that recount everyday dress practices and the fashion histories of the marginal, the non-Western and, perhaps most importantly, the non-White.

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    AP Art History

    From the AHTR Archives: Engaging AP Art History Students at Louisville’s Speed Art Museum

    November 16, 2018

    Editors’ note: This post originally appeared in December 2016 as part of AHTR’s ongoing effort to support educators in AP Art History and other K-12 learning settings. Please contact us at if you’re interested in contributing your experiments and ideas for art history instruction to high school students.    The redesigned AP Art History […]

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    Writing About Art

    From the AHTR Archives: The Plagiarism Chronicles . . .

    October 26, 2018

     [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 possibly taken a midterm exam. It’s around this time when we start to notice one of the major issues related to teaching the survey course: plagiarism. Plagiarism is […]

  • Announcement
    Digital Humanities

    A Digital Humanities Project: The Fashion and Race Database

    October 14, 2018

    The goal for The Fashion and Race Database Project is to provide a dedicated platform with open-source that address the intersection of power, privilege, representation, and aesthetics within the fashion system.

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    Digital Humanities

    Getting Started with Digital Humanities in the Classroom

    October 12, 2018

    Introduction “I have this idea for adding a digital assignment to my course. I just don’t think I have the time or the skills to teach it!” This is the kind of statement I and my digital humanities colleagues hear from instructors on a regular basis. I’m here to tell you that you likely do […]

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    Fashion Design
    Writing About Art

    The Fashion History Timeline: Rethinking Student Research as Public Scholarship

    September 7, 2018

    For a long time, I have been frustrated that student research and writing is so often lost—effectively erased from the scholarly conversation. After all, thousands of undergraduate and graduate students take art history courses and write papers every year. Yet often the only audience for that research is the class or even just the professor. […]

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    Open Arts Objects: teaching Art History at a distance

    August 31, 2018

    How do we make Art History easier to teach? How can we bring the museum into the classroom? How do we widen participation in a discipline that is often seen as elitist?

  • Announcement


    August 26, 2018

    AHTR has happily been the recipient of the good graces of CUNY (The City University of New York) for two recent projects. Last week we debuted several additions to the Visiting the Museum Resource. This week we are excited to announce the development of successful models for using Open Educational Resources (OERs). Created in collaboration with […]