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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    Teaching Strategies

    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 […]

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    June 14, 2019

    Twine is a free, open-source digital tool that connects textual passages to one another through well-demarcated links. It is becoming increasingly popular with educators, particularly in the humanities. There is a plethora of possibilities for this deceptively simple, yet powerful interactive writing device that taps into our built-in affinity for telling stories. Twine is the […]

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    “I read it, but I don’t get it.”

    June 8, 2019

    How many times have we heard students utter such comments? Recently, a student who had excelled in my Survey II class came to my office hours. She was visibly shaken and described her struggle in her upper level art history course. She told me she would read the article, understand every single word, take notes […]

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    June 6, 2019

    To become active and insightful interpreters of literary or scholarly texts, students must learn to attend to and trust in their own thoughtful responses to what they read.  Instructors can help students to acquire this self-awareness by encouraging them to makes notes – as most experienced readers do habitually – on the texts that they […]

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    Digital Humanities

    Digital Toolkit, Part 2: Evaluating Podcasts and Videos

    May 31, 2019

    If you’re interested in teaching with technology, you have likely thought about creating assignments around podcasting or video for your students (and if you haven’t, you can read my post on how to do it). However, one big hurdle for many instructors is the question of how to evaluate these projects, especially if they have […]

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    Student Voices

    Student Voices: Misadventures in Undergraduate Research

    May 24, 2019

    Editor’s Note: This week’s post is part of AHTR’s series  “Student Voices”  where undergraduates reflect on their learning experiences. We encourage students to use this opportunity to engage in the ongoing conversation about pedagogy and current issues affecting students today.  Please contact us at if you, or a student you know, is interested in sharing a story.  […]