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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    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?

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    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 […]

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    AHTR’s Visiting the Museum Learning Resource

    August 17, 2018

    AHTR is excited to announce its Visiting the Museum Learning Resource. Over the summer, we’ve been adding new lesson plans, assignment ideas, bibliography, and strategies to help faculty and students better integrate museum visits in their study of art and art history. While adaptable to all academic levels, the materials on AHTR are designed with […]

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    Welcome Back! Fall 2018

    August 10, 2018

    The start of a new semester often brings academics anxiety about everything we must do in the coming weeks, and frustration at the goals we were unable to realize over the summer.  As we begin the busyness of fall, all of us at AHTR ask you to take a moment to reflect on the positive. […]

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    Summer Break!

    June 3, 2018

    Happy summer break! AHTR is taking its annual, and much needed, hiatus until August. We have some exciting information to share with you all. Starting in this August, we are changing the posting schedule for the AHTR Weekly. We’ve noted that as we have typically post near the end of August that this schedule does […]

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    Reflections on CAA’s 2018 SoTL Bootcamp

    May 11, 2018

    In February, CAA’s Education Committee organized a one-day Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Bootcamp in conjunction with its 2018 Annual Conference. Supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the University of Southern California, AHSC (Art Historians of Southern California), and CAA, this free workshop attracted about 30 participants interested in learning more about SoTL. […]

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    NEW WAYS OF SEEING: Reframing the Formal Analysis Assignment through Digital

    May 5, 2018

    Each semester I teach multiple sections of a general education, non-major lecture Art Appreciation class designed to cultivate personal engagement with the Houston art community outside of the classroom at Houston Community College. Some sections are face to face, others are online.   My goal for all students is to make them art citizens engaged in […]

  • Reflection

    Bye, Bye Survey Textbook

    May 4, 2018

    For a start, the books – pick any of the “big name” survey textbooks – are constantly going through editions for the purpose of making money (and improving images, text, etc – but really, baseline profit is the reason). The newest editions of any of them are well over $100. This is a great deal […]

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    One Objective, Four Ways to Meet It; Replacing High-Stakes Exams with Multi-Option Creative Assessments

    April 22, 2018

    A recent pile of grading for my introductory course in Modern Art History featured a fact-filled (but fictional) short-story about Odilon Redon’s best friend, an ink drawing of a Mexican folktale completed in the style of Aubrey Beardsley, a video-presentation in which a student walked her viewers through the main characteristics of several late-19th century […]