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. It is visited by teachers in over 80 countries worldwide.

The site centers on supporting learning in the classroom, in the museum, and online by blending traditional and technological pedagogical approaches. Resources such as,, 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.

The site is run by Michelle Millar Fisher, a doctoral candidate in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center and a Curatorial Assistant at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Karen Shelby, Assistant Professor of Art History at Baruch College.


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Do you have a great lesson plan you want to take some time to codify and share? Funded by a Samuel H.Kress Foundation grant for digital resources, Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR), a peer-populated platform for instructors and a collectively authored online repository of art-history teaching content, seeks contributors for specific subject areas in the art-history survey. This is the second call for participation (the first went out in early 2014). AHTR is particularly interested the following sections in art and architecture for publication in early fall 2014: Jewish and Early Christian Art and Architecture Byzantine Art and Architecture Islamic Art and Architecture Chinese Art and Architecture (early/pre-1279) Chinese Art and Architecture (after 1279) Japanese Art and Architecture (early) Japanese Art and Architecture (modern) Korean Art (early) Korean Art and Architecture (modern) Art and Architecture of Africa Early Medieval Art in Europe Romanesque Art and Architecture Gothic Art and Architecture Art of Pacific Cultures Eighteenth- and Early-Nineteenth-Century Art in Europe and North America Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Sculpture Twentieth-Century Sculpture AHTR is also interested in receiving proposals for thematic art-history survey lesson plans. The editors have already received plans that engage with, for example, “Race and Identity” and “Transnationalism and Citizenship.” Please propose a thematic plan germane to the survey-level class. For each content area, AHTR seeks lecture and lesson plans similar to those developed for its sections on the Americas (pre-1300) and Feminist Art. (Please see a great example here.) Full template guidelines will be given for the sections to be included in each plan; writers will be expected to review and amend their plan (if necessary), once edited by AHTR. These plans, which will be posted to the AHTR website in fall 2014, are supported by $250 writing grants made possible by the Kress award. AHTR is looking for contributors who: Have strong experience teaching the art-history survey and strong interest in developing thoughtful, clear, and detailed lesson plans in particular subject areas Are committed to delivering lecture content (plan, PowerPoint, resources, activities) for one to two (a maximum of two) content areas in a timely manner. Each content area will be supported by a $250 Kress writing grant. Are able to make a September deadline for submission and an early October deadline for any edits. Want to engage with a community of peers in conversations about issues in teaching the art-history survey AHTR’s intention is to offer monetary support for the often-unrewarded task of developing thoughtful lesson plans, to make this work freely accessible (and thus scalable), and to encourage feedback on them so that the website’s content can constantly evolve in tandem with the innovations and best practices in the field. In this way, AHTR wants to encourage new collaborators to the site—both emerging and experienced instructors in art history—who will enhance and expand teaching content. It also wishes to honor the production of pedagogical content at the university level by offering modest fellowships to support digital means of collaboration among art historians. Please submit a short, teaching-centered CV and a brief statement of interest that describes which subject area(s) you wish to tackle to These initial texts should be delivered to AHTR in September 2014. Collaboration on content for further subject areas will be solicited throughout 2014.
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