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.
The site centers on supporting learning in the classroom, in the museum, and online by blending traditional and technological pedagogical approaches. Resources such as Smarthistory.org, Khanacademy.org, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Timeline of Art History inspire the site. AHTR strives to create similarly engaging materials to support arts instructors, especially in the foundational art history survey class where students of all majors learn transferable skills in order to critically analyze their worlds through visual means.
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On this constantly evolving site, you’ll find templates for some of the art history survey assignments and exams, chronologically arranged lesson plans and PPTs, thematic teaching plans and image clusters, and syllabi for a range of art history survey models. Take them and use them as a start for bigger and better things! If you can’t find what you’re looking for it’s because we don’t have that content yet; could you—or someone you know—fill in the gaps? If so, please email us or share the site with them.
You’ll also find innovative videos designed to help you access the museum in the classroom and prepare your students to engage with museum objects on class field trips.
Finally, during the semester time, the AHTR Weekly is a platform for weekly posts on a range of pedagogy topics germane to Art History.
Beth Harris is Dean of art and history at Khan Academy, where she produces short-form videos on art and history viewed by millions of people around the world. She works with leading museums to bring their content to new global audiences and acquires, edits, and publishes short essays on art and history by leading academics. Before joining Khan Academy, she was the first director of digital learning at The Museum of Modern Art, where she started MoMA Courses Online and co-produced educational videos, websites and apps. Before joining MoMA, Beth was Associate Professor and director of distance learning at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she taught both online and in the classroom. She has co-authored, with Dr. Steven Zucker, numerous articles on the future of education and the future of museums, topics she regularly addresses at conferences around the world. She received her Master’s degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and her doctorate in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Renee McGarry is the senior instructional designer at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. (All views expressed here are her own.) If you catch her after one too many cups of coffee not only will she discuss the benefits of teaching art history survey in reverse chronological order but she’ll probably also tell you about that one time she ordered a quesadilla sin queso on a research trip in Oaxaca.
Mike Murawski is the founding author and editor of ArtMuseumTeaching.com, art museum educator, and currently the Director of Education & Public Programs for the Portland Art Museum. He earned his MA and PhD in Education from American University in Washington, DC, focusing his research on educational theory and interdisciplinary learning in the arts. Prior to his position at the Portland Art Museum, he served as Director of School Services at the Saint Louis Art Museum as well as head of education and public programs at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University. Mike’s postings on this site are his own and don’t necessarily represent the Portland Art Museum’s positions, strategies, or opinions.
Steven Zucker is Dean of art and history at Khan Academy, where he produces short-form videos on art and history viewed by millions of people around the world. He works with leading museums to bring their content to new global audiences and acquires, edits, and publishes short essays on art and history by leading academics. Previously, he was chair of history of art and design at Pratt Institute where he strengthened enrollment and lead the renewal of curriculum across the Institute. Before that, he was dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY and chair of their art history department. He has taught at The School of Visual Arts, Hunter College, and at The Museum of Modern Art. Dr. Zucker is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has co-authored, with Dr. Beth Harris, numerous articles on the future of education and the future of museums, topics he regularly addresses at conferences around the world. Dr. Zucker received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
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Susan Ball, Bruce Museum
Rika Burnham, The Frick Collection
Jill Cirasella, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Michael Cothren, Swarthmore College
Kelly Donahue-Wallace, The University of North Texas
Anne Kraybill, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Mike Murawski, Portland Art Museum
Andrea Pappas, University of Santa Clara
Nancy Ross, Dixie State University
Deirdre Diane Spencer, University of Michigan
Anne Swartz, Savannah College of Art and Design
Luke Waltzer, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Kathleen Yancey, Florida State University
The following Editors assist in facilitating the addition of new content and projects to the site. If you would like to be in touch with one of us regarding specific site content please use the emails listed below.
Parme Giuntini is the Assistant Chair of Liberal Studies at Otis College of Art and Design where she also directs the Art History program. Her key focus for the past ten years has been curriculum design, pedagogy, and the incorporation of technology into instruction and student learning. She hopes her contributions to AHTR will encourage the incorporation of technology to facilitate more active learning practices in teaching and student learning. She’s pioneering “MOOC hacking” (more info to come on AHTR) and wrote on flipping the classroom for the site here. ppgiuntini [at] gmail [dot] com
Naraelle Hohensee is a doctoral candidate in the Art History Department at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her areas of specialization are architectural history and the history of photography. Nara is spearheading the Teaching Writing About Art resource. She is a Lecturer at the University of Washington in the Digital Curriculum and Comparative History of Ideas Program (CHID). Recently she was a Design Fellow for smarthistory.org. Naraelle [at] gmail [dot] com
Renee McGarry is the senior instructional designer at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. (All views expressed here are her own.) If you catch her after one too many cups of coffee not only will she discuss the benefits of teaching art history survey in reverse chronological order but she’ll probably also tell you about that one time she ordered a quesadilla sin queso on a research trip in Oaxaca. renee.mcgarry [at] gmail [dot] com
(Emeritus) Kimberly James Overdevest is an Assistant Professor at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has an ABD and an MPhil from The Grad Center of CUNY. Kimberly stepped in to facilitate the AHTR series on teaching at Community Colleges. She contributed the initial post in this series and also shared several of her assignments and rubrics with the AHTR community.
Virginia B. Spivey is an independent art historian and educator based near Washington DC. For over 18 years, she has worked in museum and academic settings including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Georgetown University, and Maryland Institute College of Art, and she has twice received institutional teaching awards. Her scholarly expertise is in art of the late 20th and 21st centuries, with an emphasis on the intersections of dance, visual art, and gender in the 1960s. In addition to her role at AHTR, she also develops educational materials for Smarthistory at the Khan Academy and Pearson Prentice Hall. virginia.spivey [at] gmail [dot] com
Kathleen Wentrack, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art & Design at the City University of New York, Queensborough Community College. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of The City University of New York. Kathleen leads the Collaborative Assignments and Projects High Impact Practice at Queensborough and has been actively involved in pedagogical initiatives at the College. Kathleen’s most recent publications include “Female Sexuality in Performance and Film: Erotic, Political, Controllable? The Contested Female Body in the Work of Carolee Schneemann and VALIE EXPORT,” May 2014 in Konsthistorisk Tidskrift and she is editing an anthology of women’s art collectives entitledCollaboration, Empowerment, Change: Women’s Art Collectives. She has presented at conferences in the United States and Europe, and received a Getty Research Institute Research Library Grant. Kathleen has served on the Committee on Women in Art of the College Art Association and is Co-Coordinator of The Feminist Art Project in New York. kwentrack [at]qcc [dot] cuny [dot] edu
The AHTR site content is overseen by the Site Editors Jon Mann and Amy Raffel.
Jon Mann is an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a PhD Candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, and a lecture contributor and editor at Art History Teaching Resources.
Amy Raffel is a PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has a Master’s degree in Contemporary Art history from the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU) and has taught Introduction to Modern Art as a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Lehman College since 2010. Currently, Amy is a genome contributor for Artsy and editor of/ contributor to Art History Teaching Resources.
In addition, the AHTR site is contributed to by the following teachers, curators, academics, and art experts. Please join the (growing) community and share your resources too.
- Abby Anderton
Alice Lynn McMichael
Amy K. Hamlin
Amy Raffel (ed.)
Ananda Cohen Suarez
Benjamin C. Tilghman
Caterina Y. Pierre
Chelsea Emelie Kelly
Christina M. Spiker
Elena FitzPatrick Sifford
Ellen C. Caldwell
Gretchen Kreahling McKay
- Guey-Meei Yang
James Gunn Barton
Javier Berzal de Dios
Jennifer S. Pride
Jenny Blount Tucker
Jessica M. Dandona
Jon Mann (ed.)
Jonathan Ryan Davis
Karen J. Leader
Lauren G. Kilroy-Ewbank
Leila Anne Harris
Lori D. Ungemah
- Maeve Doyle
Mariola V. Alvarez
Mary F. Zawadzki
Michelle Millar Fisher
Rattanamol Singh Johal
Sarah C. Schaefer
Shalini Le Gall
Stephanie Beck Cohen
Tina Rivers Ryan
Virginia B. Spivey
Michelle Millar Fisher is a co-founder and Dean of Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR), a doctoral candidate in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, and a Curatorial Assistant in the Architecture + Design department at the Museum of Modern Art, New York where her most recent projects include co-organizing exhibitions Design and Violence and This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good, and co-organizing design symposium Knotty Objects with the MIT Media Lab. She is currently also a Part-Time Lecturer at Parsons The New School for Design and has previously taught at The Frick Collection and at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She first came to New York to work at the Guggenheim Museum where she developed her love of all things art and pedagogical. michellemillarfisher [at] gmail [dot] com
Karen Shelby is a co-founder and Dean of Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR). She is a Tenured Assistant Professor of Art History at Baruch College, The City University of New York. She specializes in 19th c. European Art, 20th c. European and American Art, and Asian Art of southeast Asia and also teaches courses in the Art Market and Museum and Gallery Studies. She publishes on visual culture and the Great War. In 2015 she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Ghent supported by a Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art. karen.shelby [at] gmail [dot] com