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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    EVERY BODY: Physical Engagement and Making in Portfolio Assessments for the General Education Art History Survey

    April 18, 2018

    A number of years ago I was at the Art Institute of Chicago with a group of students from my AP art history class at a Chicago public high school. On entering the gallery dominated by El Greco’s 13-foot-high Assumption of the Virgin one student sank to the floor in front of the painting, calling […]

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    When the Projector Fails: Transforming the slide exam with personal digital devices

    April 14, 2018

     For several years I’ve been experimenting with helping my students use their personal digital devices to learn to be active viewers and collaborators. On their screens, students can enter a searchable world of almost unlimited virtual images.  This technology permits two different changes to traditional art history pedagogy: changing content, and changing skills for approaching […]

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    Not Your Professor’s Term Paper: The Thrill of Victory, the Agony of Defeat in an eBay Auction

    April 8, 2018

    Notification:  “Watch Item Reminder: Ending Soon!” “HIGH BIDDER: You’re the Highest Bidder, “OUTBID: You’ve been outbid!” “Sorry you missed out on this item.” “Congratulations! You won this item.” “PAID: You paid, but the seller still needs to ship your item.” “SHIPPED: your item is on its way.” “DELIVERED: Your item has been delivered.”   *** […]

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    Three Alternatives for the Final Exam

    April 4, 2018

    Art History taken by our majors and non-majors at introductory levels  are offered both online and face to face.  Our college serves students from ages 16 to 60, some dually enrolled in high school and in college, and from any one of the tri-county areas.  Their socioeconomic levels cover a wide range, as do their […]

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    Agency in Test Design as Motivation for Art History Students

    March 30, 2018

    In the middle of the Indian Ocean, somewhere between South Africa and India, the time came to post a description of the midterm for my Introduction to the Visual Arts course that I was teaching with Semester at Sea in Fall 2017. As I have been doing on my home campus for the past 5 […]

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    RTTP as Final Exam

    March 28, 2018

    The syllabus for my survey class reads, “The game counts as your final exam and final project,” and goes on to say, “Participation and research of the game world and your character are required. You will be graded on 1. your in-class participation, speeches, and debates; 2. writing; 3. teamwork; 4. performance at the Exposition. […]

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    Renaming the Baroque: An Alternative Art History Term Paper

    March 21, 2018

    When teaching courses in the Renaissance and Baroque, I regularly begin with a discussion of the name used to describe the period.  I include not only an explanation of what “Renaissance” or “Baroque” means and how that definition relates to the period, but encourage students to reflect upon the appropriateness of the name.  For example, I ask my students to consider the impact of using a word with some negative associations (“baroque” as a term deriving from a Portuguese word for an irregular pearl.) When giving this lecture, I would often make an off-hand comment to the effect of “but no one has thought of a better term.”  It occurred to me that I could set this task to my students.

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    Learning and Unlearning: Using hands-on Bauhaus exercises in art history classes

    March 18, 2018

    At its heart, the Bauhaus – with all of its far-reaching design goals and wide-ranging art historical influence – was a school. From 1919 to 1933, creative women and men went to its various buildings (first in Weimar, then Dessau, then Berlin) to learn modern ways of making things. So, of course, there were countless Bauhaus assignments related […]

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    In the Global Studio: Inspiring Creativity through Online Courses

    March 4, 2018

    We know that as many jobs are lost to automation in the coming years, and as the cost of higher education continues to rise and make traditional universities even more unaffordable, online education will become even more crucial. Museum-based MOOCs and other digital learning opportunities connect people with the history of human creativity and invite them to tap into their own.

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    Re-Creating Indus Valley Seals: An In-Class Activity

    March 1, 2018

    At my university, as I believe is now common at many institutions, the Art History program is embedded within the Art Department, so my colleagues are Studio Artists, Graphic Designers, and Art Therapists.  I consider myself incredibly fortunate to work with colleagues who are enthusiastic about opportunities to collaborate, and so I have tried to […]

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    Heading to CAA2018? Here’s a list of pedagogical sessions to consider.

    February 18, 2018

    Many thanks to Ellen Osterkamp for compiling this comprehensive list of pedagogical sessions scheduled this year at CAA. We hope to see you there and please consider contacting us to share your thoughts and reflections on all things teaching and learning covered during the conference!   WEDNESDAY (2/21/18) “Practical Approaches and Collaborations: A Session to Share […]

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    From AHTR’s Archives: Teaching ain’t just lectures: On Letters of Recommendations

    February 9, 2018

    Yep, it’s almost that time of year!  We pulled this great post from 2014  to offer some helpful hints and guidance in writing letters of recommendation.  Enjoy! I wrote my first letter of recommendation about seven or eight years ago when I was a teaching assistant while pursuing my M.A. in art history. The student was enrolled in […]