Art History Teaching Resources…peers, pedagogy, progress

Several years ago I gave a paper on Art History, Technology, and Pedagogy at a CAA regional conference in North Carolina and had the pleasure of meeting two incredible women, Michelle Fisher (CUNY Graduate Center) and Karen Shelby (Baruch College) who were just about to launch a new site on pedagogy and Art History.  That connection led to a permanent working relationship with them and ArtHistoryTeachingResources (AHTR) which has grown into a valuable source for pedagogy and practice. Peer populated, offering pedagogical suggestions, lesson plans, course development, help with the digital humanities, and so much more, AHTR has just been awarded a Kress Digital grant to do preliminary research for the first online, peer-reviewed Art History journal for the scholarship of teaching and learning. Art historians all over the United States and Europe have just completed a survey of teaching practices and our editorial group is presently conducting a critical literature review of Art History pedagogy–both funded by the Kress grant.

Given that the group of six editors are currently scattered all over the United States–and Ghent for the summer–we are a testament to the value of technology and organization.  We write, edit, and critique through Google docs and hold our meetings on Google hangouts. I have never worked with a group that is so committed to deadlines and multi-tasking…and fun…what an incredible group of art historians.

I would encourage anyone teaching Art History/Visual Culture to become a frequent visitor to AHTR…lots of opportunity to learn and share what works in your classroom with your peers.