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
    Lesson Plan

    Appalachian Identities and Photography as Social Commentary

    February 25, 2017

    Through in-class discussion and office hour chats, I have learned that many of my students feel strong ties to an Appalachian identity. Some struggle to maintain a connection to home, the mountains, and deep family bonds and traditions while fighting against stereotypical representations of the region and the very real problems eastern Kentuckians face: poverty, poor health, addiction, and unemployment.

  • Announcement

    CAA 2017 Panels on Pedagogy

    February 12, 2017

    We at AHTR are looking forward to seeing friends, colleagues, and meeting new faces at CAA 2017. Here’s a list assembled of all the pedagogy-related panels at CAA this coming week.

  • Assignment

    Entering the Conversation: Using Student Blogging to Encourage Original Writing, Critical Thinking, and Personal Investment

    February 3, 2017

    During the fall 2016 semester, I taught Art Since 1945 and utilized WordPress as an online platform for four writing assignments. My goal was that this series of assignments would encourage students to “enter the conversation” and become engaged practitioners in writing about contemporary art.

  • Frida Kahlo vs. Florence and the Machine

    Writing About Art

    Bridging the Gap: Art and Popular Culture in the Formal Analysis Comparison

    January 5, 2017

    Editors’ note: This post is part of our ongoing series on Writing about Art. Here, Dr. Mary Slavkin explores new ways to approach the traditional formal analysis paper assigned in most art history survey courses. Hallie Scott’s AHTR post #arthistory: Instagram and the Intro to Art History Course led me to retool my formal analysis comparison […]

  • Announcement

    Happy New Year from AHTR!

    December 31, 2016

    Only one week after publication, articles from AHPP had been downloaded 1035 times by readers at 71 institutions in 36 countries. We are thrilled to support this scholarship and dialogue, and look forward to more next year. 

  • AP Art History

    Engaging AP Art History Students at Louisville’s Speed Art Museum

    December 9, 2016

    The redesigned AP Art History curriculum, which debuted for the May 2016 APAH exam provides an excellent opportunity for student engagement with a local museum’s collection. The curriculum encourages this relationship by specifically referencing the importance of museum visits as a part of formal assessment and contextual analysis. Like other APAH teachers I am excited […]

  • Assignment

    Google Art Project to Prezi: Jackson Pollock and Thomas Kinkade

    December 2, 2016

    In a previous article on Art History Teaching Resources, I outlined my experiences using Google Arts Project (GAP) in my online art history classes to create virtual exhibitions. At the time, GAP was the only online program that offered its users the ability to create their own exhibition complete with text and image without having […]

  • Announcement

    Researching Globally with an Online Resource from The Museum of Modern Art

    November 18, 2016

    We would like to introduce museum and classroom educators to this free, online resource on global art from The Museum of Modern Art. Featuring essays, interviews, archival materials, bibliographies and more that reflect new perspectives emerging in art history today, post makes an excellent supplement to courses on non-Western art at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

  • Reflection

    Crash and Burn

    November 12, 2016

    Your course plan looked great on paper. It passed departmental faculty review. Perhaps it even integrated some progressive pedagogical experimentations. In sum, the class held real promise. But when it got to the classroom, your first-run of the course was received with far less enthusiasm than you anticipated. Really, it crashed and burned. You begin […]

  • Assignment

    Putting Words in Their Mouths: Using Art History to Help the Art Student with the Artist Statement

    November 4, 2016

    Teaching the art history survey at an arts college undoubtedly has its advantages: students come primed with an understanding of the techniques and challenges of various art forms and, quite often, they are also very passionate about their artistic opinions.  One of the most heated debates that often arises, for example, is that surrounding the […]

  • Assignment
    Writing About Art

    Rationales and Realities in Assigning Research Papers at SECAC

    October 28, 2016

    Last year I chaired a session on survey classes at SECAC and I got so many new ideas, that I decided to propose another pedagogy session this year. While I always love regular conference sessions in my own field, sessions on pedagogy always end up being incredibly invigorating, giving me new ideas and getting me […]

  • Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty

    AP Art History

    Bringing the Museum to AP Art History—a Model for Collaboration

    October 21, 2016

    The Challenge In 2015-16, the College Board rolled out its redesigned AP Art History course.  The new curriculum moved away from a largely Western and Eurocentric curriculum to a more holistic understanding of art history from a global perspective.  As a high school teacher, the difficulty inherent to this new curriculum revolved not only around […]