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

    Hybrid Survey, Active Learning, and Digital Exhibitions

    October 21, 2017

    This semester I am teaching the first part of the western art survey in a hybrid format. Students engage via our content management system; but we also meet face to face. And when we do I want those experiences to be more active types of engagements with the works of art and the ideas of the class. This summer, I was reading an article about the importance of “apprenticeship” and it got me thinking about art history …

  • Assignment

    Creating a More Accessible Art History Course through 3D Printing

    October 13, 2017

    There are ways to create more accessible art history courses, as I discovered last year when I taught a student who is blind in my prehistoric to medieval art history survey. While I am still learning how to design an effective art history course for a student with a visual impairment, I wanted to share what I have discovered so far, focusing on one particularly effective tool: 3D printing.

  • Assignment

    Understanding Geometry and Cathedral Design Through Experiential Learning

    October 11, 2017

    Overview The beauty and grandeur of medieval cathedrals lies not only in their sheer size, but also in the harmonious proportions that result from using principles of ancient geometry in their design. This experiential learning project demonstrates the interrelationship of mathematics and design in medieval architecture through the practical application of geometry. Reading assignments (see below) should be completed […]

  • Reflection

    “Celtic” Crosses and White Supremacism

    September 29, 2017

    [Editors’s note: This post was originally published on on the wonderful website Material Collective. Maggie Williams, the author and c-founder of Material Collective, was kind enough to allow re-posting on AHTR. The original post can be found here.]   In 2012, I published a book that was inspired by my 2001 dissertation on Irish crosses. In […]

  • Museums

    Profound Choice: On Balancing Access, Advocacy + Exposure to the Arts

    September 23, 2017

    Years ago I was running a partnership program within a secure juvenile detention facility located in the South Bronx, bringing in reproductions of artwork along with as many court-approved materials as possible for our studio projects. (My first attempt at a collage-based workshop was scrapped when I naively failed to realize that, of course, scissors […]

  • Reflection

    The Art of Engineering

    September 17, 2017

    The current trend at many technical and community colleges to tailor course offerings toward job preparation and to advocate STEM education at the expense of the humanities can be viewed as a threat to the long-term health of visual arts education. Whether we perceive the STEM-centered educational movement as a threat or otherwise, it is […]

  • Reflection

    Intersecting Art and Science: Curation, Curriculum, and Collaboration

    September 12, 2017

    Experiential learning has value across the disciplines.[1] Educational research has shown this method as one of the foremost ways to train students, and these ideas have been particularly influential in minting new scientists and engineers.

  • Lesson Plan

    Museums: Writing Exhibition Reviews

    September 1, 2017

    Teaching art history, as with any discipline, comes with a set of obstacles: from the intellectual (how to make the past relevant to the present); to the technical (the problems of the digitization that distort image quality, scale, and size); and to the practical (the prickly but persistent question of what one does with an […]

  • Announcement

    Fall …..

    August 27, 2017

    AHTR is excited to begin our Weekly posts this coming Friday, September 1.

  • Reflection

    Advancing Participation in the Survey

    May 8, 2017

    It comes as no surprise that as higher education emphasizes job training, students place a higher priority on classes they view as favorable to the acquisition of highly marketable skills over educationally enriching experiences. Without some demonstration of career utility, courses like art history serve as just another core requirement to be endured, rather than […]

  • Assignment

    Hands On History: Learning the History of Typography with a Letterpress Workshop

    May 1, 2017

    In recent years, educators have been encouraged to promote “active learning” in their classrooms. While this is heavily advocated in K-12 education, it is also making more appearances in approaches to higher education. Interactive learning or multi-modal learning is a teaching strategy that allows a topic to be explored through multiple learning styles such as […]

  • Museums

    Developing Student Expertise with Digital Resources from the NGA

    April 21, 2017

    In my own experience of museum and classroom-based teaching, I have found that an obstacle to continued arts education or the advancement of students beyond a survey level of art history is too often a function of pedagogy that doesn’t acknowledge or develop students’ ability to participate in the greater arts world. Asking students to […]