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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    Having it All: Helping Visualization Students Demystify the Thesis

    November 15, 2019

    In fall 2016, I became more involved with my liaison department Visualization, which is housed under the College of Architecture. The department of Visualization, also known as the VizLab, is presumably the closet department to a fine arts experience on my campus – Texas A&M University.  In addition to a Masters of Science (MS) generally […]

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    From the AHTR archives: The (Contemporary) Art History Mixtape: Setting the Tone in the Classroom with Music

    October 18, 2019

    Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Dec. 7, 2017.  We are nearing the end-of-the-semester. Wake up those sleeping students with music! Please share your own experiences with using music, contemporary or otherwise, in the comments below, on AHTR’s public group on Facebook, or tag us on Twitter @a_h_t_r. The (Contemporary) Art History Mixtape: […]

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    Organizing a Poster Session for Student Research

    October 11, 2019

    Editor’s Note: This blog post appeared earlier this week on the website of the Council for Undergraduate Research Arts and Humanities. AHTR wanted to repost it as a useful idea for sharing student research, and as a reminder that submissions to CAA’s Undergraduate Research Poster Session are due on October 31. The poster session is […]

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    From the AHTR Archives: Physical Engagement and Making in Portfolio Assessments for the Art History Survey

    October 4, 2019

    This post originally appeared in the AHTR Weekly on April 18, 2018. A number of years ago I was at the Art Institute of Chicago with a group of students from my AP art history class at a Chicago public high school. On entering the gallery dominated by El Greco’s 13-foot-high Assumption of the Virgin […]

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    September 20, 2019

    Good Friday everyone! Unfortunately, our scheduled post for this week had to be pushed back for publication at a later date this fall. Since many of us are approaching mid-semester (already!), I thought it prudent to post some ideas from the archive on final exams. It is not too late to rethink your strategies! In Three […]

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    Teaching Tips for Art History and Other Image-based Classes

    September 14, 2019

    Pumped and scared? Sounds about right for the start of any semester. Inspired by a recent twitter thread that Jennifer Dudley, an art history Ph.D. student in the UK, started to solicit tips around teaching, we decided to crowdsource this week’s post by asking the AHTR community what advice they would give someone just starting out in the classroom.

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    Undergraduate Outreach Initiative Planned for CAA in Chicago

    September 6, 2019

    In March 2019, the AHTR Weekly launched its Student Voices series with Alejandra Cervantes’s reflection on her experience attending CAA’s Annual Conference in New York. Her essay brings important perspective that is too often missing in conversations about diversity and equity in higher education. Cervantes’s comments remind faculty–especially those of us well past our undergraduate years–of the […]

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    Fragments of the Full Self: Reflections on Digital Pedagogy Lab

    August 30, 2019

    As I sit down to write a reflection of Digital Pedagogy Lab 2019 (DPL) I wonder how I can possibly write about sitting in radical community, a community that genuinely centered the voices of students and women of color, that fed my hope and imagination (and sometimes my cynicism), and offered me the chance to […]

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    Creative Assessments for Creative Art History Teaching

    August 23, 2019

    Pedagogical evolution and innovation in art history increase student engagement and ‘buy-in.’ Innovations also keep instruction from feeling stale for both the students and instructors. Innovation also can remind us why we keep walking into the classroom.  An AHTR Weekly post by Cara Smulevitz from April 2018 about her move from the traditional “high-stakes exams […]

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    Don’t stress the new semester!

    August 17, 2019

    Honestly, this week has been a little overwhelming with so many excellent teaching resources streaming non-stop across my screens. Advice on crafting a syllabus abounds (here’s one of my favorites)!  And I’m thrilled to see all sorts of new materials to help me teach writing (check out this open ebook Writing for Success from Georgia State’s Perimeter College […]

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    Fall 2019!

    August 10, 2019

    AHTR has some exciting new posts for this fall! But as we all prepare our fall syllabi, we thought it prudent to re-post a few from the AHTR Weekly – we have several years worth of ideas to peruse!    Teaching for the first time? Read Purposeful Pedagogy. CUNY (the City University of New York) […]

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    On Collaboration, AHTR, and Work in the Arts: A Conversation Among Friends

    June 19, 2019

    The following conversation was recorded over Zoom on Sunday June 9, with Michelle in Philadelphia, Karen in Maplewood, New Jersey, and Ginger in Silver Spring, Maryland, and has been edited for publication. As three of the many people behind the joint AHTR project, we sat down recently to talk about the year, to celebrate the […]