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Integrating Art History

Integrating Art History

Do you sometimes struggle to integrate Art History in the classroom in meaningful ways? Do you have some exciting ideas for the classroom, but haven’t had a chance to plan the actual lessons? Are you dying to visit the recent exhibit at your nearby art museum as you envision rich field trip opportunities?

In this course, students survey hundreds of years of art as they simultaneously plan rich learning opportunities for students in diverse and dynamic settings. While many art teachers struggle when it comes to  making art history relevant in today’s classrooms, this course will afford participants strategies for making history personal, meaningful and unforgettable. This has profound implications when it comes to fostering art appreciation among students of all ages.

From this course you will walk away with a deeper understanding regarding historical and contemporary works. You will also discover ways to apply this foundational information and accompanying resources to enhance current and future lessons.

Graduate Credits
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 2 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $698.00
Upcoming Course Run Dates
May 1 Jun 25
Jun 1 Jul 26
Jul 1 Aug 25
Aug 1 Sep 25
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE017

Course Outcomes

  • Discover and explore a variety of historical and contemporary artists as well as significant periods throughout art history.
  • Prepare and present new lessons inspired by timely and inspiring resources such as museum websites, blogs, and social media.
  • Explore and review the digital resources from a variety of art museums both in the United States and around the world, and envision the utilization of such tools among your students.
  • Research and present local art museum visits to can supplement your evolving lessons.
  • Develop art history resources to help facilitate studio explorations, discussions, and critiques.
  • Compose an action plan to outline your goals for the implementation of art history concepts.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Discussing & Writing About Art
  1. Examine ways to look at, analyze, and discuss artwork in the classroom setting.
  2. Gain strategies for writing about art history in the classroom.
Week 2
Contextualizing Art History
  1. Investigate a historical artist or time period you would personally like to learn more about.
  2. Share your newfound knowledge with instructor and peers in meaningful and visually powerful ways.
Week 3
Connecting to Contemporary Art & Artists
  1. Explore multiple online resources focused on contemporary art and artists.
  2. Research a contemporary artist who will engage students and supplement your curriculum in dynamic ways.
Week 4
Online Museums and Social Media
  1. Navigate virtual tours of U.S. and international museums and art centers.
  2. Discover artists and institutions that are using social media, as you explore ways you can use such websites with students.
Week 5
Infusing Art History into Teaching Strategies
  1. Infuse art history content into your K-12 curricula.
  2. Create an instructional tool for immediate use in your classroom.
Week 6
Out of the Box and Underrepresented Artists
  1. Consider artists outside the mainstream and not typically featured in art curricula.
  2. Plan a curriculum revamp showcasing underrepresented artists.
Week 7
Museum Visits and Virtual Tours
  1. Explore the value of virtual museum tours and field trips.
  2. Embark upon a museum visit of your own, and use the experience to create meaningful artifacts for classroom use.
Week 8
Art History Toolkit
  1. Create an action plan outlining next steps as you integrate art history into your courses.
  2. Compile a comprehensive toolkit of lesson plans, supplementals, and organizational strategies.

Connecting to Contemporary Art and Artists

A sample assignment from Week 2 of the class “Integrating Art History.”

1. Research

Gain insights into cultural and social histories to help students recognize the value of art history. Explore how artists contribute to society at large.

2. Discussion

Discuss and share relevant and helpful resources as you research a selected contemporary artist.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Design an instructional tool to share your selected artist’s biography, artwork, and notable achievements with students.
Penelope L.
"I really enjoyed this class. Assignments were very clear but also very open ended which allowed for much creativity and flexibility. The instructor was positive, helpful, and encouraging. The interaction with classmates was invaluable."
Michelle B.
"This is my second AOE online course. They are informative, challenging and very much worth my time as an ART educator. There is nothing else like it!"
Jenn I.
"For art teachers who are working overseas and cannot get back to the states for professional development opportunities, the Art of Ed is the perfect solution. The programs are very relevant and are a great way to connect with other art teachers around the world."

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course “Integrating Art History”. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12 month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 2/27/2020)







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