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.

  • Design

    Take A Closer Look At (and Teach) W.E.B. Du Bois’s Afrofuturist Data Visualizations from 1900

    April 19, 2019

    WEB DuBois’ boldly colored graphs and charts interrogated everything from literacy to population distribution to employment, and a striking lead image for the Georgia study represented the “color line”–the transatlantic slave trade route–further theorized by Du Bois in his 1903 The Souls of Black Folk. As Battle-Baptiste and Rusert attest, “while a broader American culture was not ready to recognize the existence of a school of black sociologists in the US South, Du Bois turned to a visual medium–and the proto-modernist aesthetics of turn-of-the-century data visualization–to gain the attention of an international audience.”

  • Assignment

    Fred Wilson in the Classroom

    April 12, 2019

    [Editor’s note: this week’s post provides a few ideas on how to incorporate the work of a specific artist into the overall program of a class. This method expands upon the traditional ways in which art and artists are shared with students.] [1] Institutional Critique: Following Fred Wilson and Mark Dion           […]

  • Assignment

    Renaissance “Chopped”: Mixing the history of food in Renaissance Italy and  food competitions

    April 5, 2019

    Overview Renaissance “Chopped” is an in-class activity that can be adapted for courses at all levels of art history and is appropriate for both majors and non-majors in the discipline. While it works best with 6 or 7 groups, it is also appropriate for smaller seminars. My students came up with the topic that led […]

  • Reflection
    Student Voices

    Student Voices: A Conversation about Collaboration

    March 29, 2019

    The conversation below sheds light on the collaborative process between a professor and student as they co-authored the paper “On Frida Kahlo, Salma Hayek, and Linda Nochlin: A Case Study of Art, Gender, and Pain in the Wake of #MeToo,” recently featured on AHTR and presented at College Art Association’s (CAA) 2019 Annual Conference. The […]

  • Assignment

    On Frida Kahlo, Salma Hayek, and Linda Nochlin: A Classroom Case Study of Art, Gender, and Pain in the Wake of #MeToo

    March 22, 2019

    In the wake of #MeToo, many educators pondered how to incorporate the movement into their curriculum. In the spring of 2018, just four months after Ashley Judd’s sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein sparked a relaunching of Tarana Burke’s original 2006 phrase “Me Too,” I was scheduled to teach an art history course titled “Women and Gender […]

  • Assignment
    Digital Humanities

    Digital Toolkit, Part I: Podcasting and Video Production

    March 15, 2019

    In a previous post, I outlined some of the reasons why more art historians should be presenting our research through podcasts and videos. They’re engaging, they have a wide reach, they help keep us honest about our arguments and materials. These are also the reasons why we should be teaching our students to present their […]

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    Student Voices

    My Time at CAA: An Undergraduate’s Story of the Annual Conference

    March 8, 2019

    “Que Dios me la bendiga y la proteje,” said my mother as we stood hugging next to the bustling TSA lines of Orlando International Airport. Not caring that lines were filling up fast with travelers, I hugged her tighter and tighter until she let out a soft chuckle warning me not to break her espalda […]

  • Tool

    The value of storytelling in the Digital Humanities

    March 1, 2019

    With the recent establishment of the Digital Art History Society, it seems that art history as a discipline has finally, officially staked out our own corner of the Digital Humanities world. It was a long time coming, and many brilliant people had a hand in it—including those here at AHTR. It’s fantastic to see an […]

  • Assignment

    Teaching Graphic Design History

    February 22, 2019

    In October 2018, I chaired a SECAC session on teaching graphic design history. As a professor in both the graphic design studio and the design history classroom, I have a longstanding interest in developing design history coursework that actively engages studio students. When teaching survey courses, I seek learner-oriented assignments that offer opportunities for critical […]

  • Writing About Art

    Teaching Art History and Writing I: SECAC 2018 Conference Panel Review

    February 16, 2019

    For the 2018 SECAC conference in Birmingham, I set out to organize a panel that would bring together faculty who utilize innovative approaches to teaching writing alongside art historical content. Recognizing that many instructors, departments, and curricula expect art history students to develop skills of critical thinking, source analysis, grammar, syntax, and style alongside visual […]

  • Announcement

    A Guide to Pedagogy-Related Programming at CAA’s 2019 Annual Conference

    February 9, 2019

    Every year around this time, I find myself in mild state of professional panic. It’s the week before CAA’s Annual Conference and I haven’t yet chosen which sessions to attend. Although this year’s conference website allows users to create a personalized schedule by using keywords and other filters to identify specific sessions, AHTR’s Franny Zawadzki graciously […]

  • Announcement


    February 6, 2019

    AHTR has created this Repository that not only includes course content, but also offers insight into how these resources can be effectively used in class. The OERs materials added to AHTR provide an overview of Open Educational Resources with a focus on OERs as an opportunity to expand pedagogical choices, develop student information literacy, introduce a wider variety […]