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
Contact Hours Total
Graduate Credits / PD Hours 2 Graduate Credits / 90 PD Hours
Price Non-Graduate Credit $398.00 / Graduate Credit $698.00
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Oct 1 Oct 31
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Oct 1 Oct 31
Nov 1 Nov 30
Only 3 days remaining to enroll in this course.
Course Code
EDUC500 AOE017
Graduate Credit Partner


  • 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 that can supplement your evolving lessons.
  • Develop art history resources to help facilitate studio explorations, discussions, and critiques.
  • Compose an Action Plan which outlines your goals for the implementation of art history concepts.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Strengthening Foundations
  1. Review various strategies to analyze art and add discussion based activities into your classes.
  2. Focus on writing about art history and review strategies for implementation in the classroom.
  3. Research through a variety of sources an artist or art period that you’d like to learn more about and create an instructional tool, selecting from assignment options.
Week 2
Contemporary Art and Digital Resources
  1. Explore multiple online resources focused on contemporary art and artists.
  2. Conduct research on a particular contemporary artist, with emphasis on humanizing the artist to increase student engagement.
  3. Take a virtual tour of U.S. and international museums and art centers.
  4. Discover artists and institutions that are using social media platforms; discuss ways in which you can use these websites with your students.
Week 3
Planning Your Curriculum
  1. Focus on ways to infuse art history content into K-12 teaching strategies.
  2. From selection options, create an instructional tool for your classroom.
  3. Consider and discuss the artists who are outside of the box and not typically featured in art curricula.
  4. Plan a curriculum revamp matrix which shows how researched underrepresented artists could align to the current units that you teach.
Week 4
Final Considerations
  1. Embark upon a museum visit and use that experience as the basis to create a visual representation of the experience.
  2. Discuss the value of virtual museum tours and field trips.
  3. Create an action plan that outlines next steps to integrate art history in your courses based on achievable and applicable goals.
  4. Leave class with a comprehensive tool kit of lesson plans and organizational strategies.

Connecting to Contemporary Art & Artists

A sample assignment from Week 1 of the class “Integrating Art History.”

1. Research

Review provided websites to gather research materials about a particular contemporary artist.

2. Discussion

Discuss and share the most relevant and helpful resources that you encountered as you researched the contemporary artist that you selected.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Choose from a selection of assignment options (written, audio, or visual aid) and design an instructional tool that you will use in order to share the artist’s biography, artwork, and notable achievements in your classroom.
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."

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