Art History in the Secondary Art Room



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Introduction 1:45

Strategies and Concepts for Teaching Art History

How to Best Introduce Artists 4:57

Motivating Students Through Art History Stories 4:52

Which Artists Should You Teach?

Choosing a Breadth of Artists 3:04

Absolutes Everyone Should Teach 2:52

Working in Progression 4:05

Art History Instructional Strategies

Setting the Stage for Discussions 6:08

Using the Frayer Model 5:07

Organizing Successful Critiques 4:56

How to Organize Writing Around Art History 3:48

Tying Ideas Together 5:36

Comparing Artworks 3:38

Presenting Controversial Artworks

Handling Controversial Themes and Topics 3:44

Best Ways to Deal with Nudity in Artwork 3:06

What Students Learn from Art History

Higher Order Thinking Skills 4:42

Using Art History for Formative Assessments 4:36


Conclusion 1:50

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Art History in the Secondary Art Room

3 PD Hours

  • 1 Learn how to choose a survey of influential and relevant artists to infuse art history into your curriculum.

  • 2 Explore a wide variety of instructional strategies that help engage students with themes presented throughout art history.

  • 3 Discover new ways to further students’ understanding of big ideas while maintaining your current curriculum.

In this Learning Pack, explore how to infuse art history to teach big ideas within your secondary art curriculum. Learn how to introduce compelling and relevant artists to your students and gain strategies to help your students interact in meaningful ways with the art they are seeing in your classroom. Increase rigor in your everyday curriculum with writing strategies grounded in art history.

Connected Professional Art Educator Competencies
1.8 Utilizes knowledge of art ed philosophies in planning of content
1.9 Demonstrates willingness to expand art ed philosophies knowledge

3.5 Uses effective questioning techniques

Connected National Visual Arts Standards
Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

Timothy Bogatz

Timothy Bogatz

Events Director

Tim is the Events Director for the Art of Ed, and previously worked as an AOE writer and graduate instructor. Before working for AOE, Tim taught high school art for 14 years in Omaha, Nebraska. As a teacher, he focused on creativity, problem solving, and higher order thinking skills, using Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics, and whatever other materials might be available.


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