AHTR Lesson Plan Highlights I

Since many of us are in the early weeks of the Spring 2015, we would like to draw your attention to lectures with which we typically begin the semester. The contributors of these lesson plans are as diverse as the subjects.


Art of Ancient Egypt

Jenny Sarathy, who wrote the Egyptian lecture, is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center, The City University of New York. In her lesson plan, Sarathy underscores some compelling ways in which to engage the students with questions of how they prepare for major life events compared to the practices during the Egyptian period. She concludes, at the “End of Class,” with suggestions for discussions comparing the symbolic role of visual images over an interest in naturalism between Egypt and Greek and Rome. Sarathy also wrote one of the early lectures for Survey II: Proto-Renaissance in Italy (1200-1400).

JS nach Bosch(?), Die Hoelle, Det. - JS after Bosch (?) / Hell / detail -

Sixteenth-Century Northern Europe and Iberia

Maureen McGuire, a full-time instructor at Full Sail University, contributed the lecture for Sixteenth-Century Northern Europe and Iberia. Throughout the lecture McGuire stresses the “voices” works of art and architecture possess providing examples of how issues of salvation and the human condition were addressed in the visual culture from this period.


Italian Renaissance

Lastly, Sarah Dillon, an Assistant Professor at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, shared her lecture on the Italian Renaissance. She shared the following with us about her experience of writing for AHTR: One of the most enjoyable aspects of working with AHTR was having the chance to write for the community of art history educators. Typically, I don’t have the opportunity to engage with my peers in this manner; the majority of my written work is addressed to my students, various administrators, or Renaissance art historians. I was particularly motivated when I imagined my reader as someone teaching this material for the first time. Like many, I began teaching while taking graduate courses. I remembered how stressful and time consuming it was compiling my lecture content and constantly revising my presentations. I tried to envision the type of resource I needed back then in order to fill this gap for new instructors.

We look forward to introducing a few of the thematic lectures in next week’s post.

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