3 Easy Ways to Help Students Connect to Art History

Do you ever have trouble helping students connect with art history? A photo of a beautiful painting or sculpture is a great start, but to really help kids feel invested you may need to take it a step further. In this video, I have three simple tips to make old artwork come alive for students.

How do you help students connect with art history?

Any other quick tips out there?

We’d love to hear them.

P.S. If you’re looking for even more inspiration, why not try dressing up like an artist yourself?



6 years ago

Amanda Heyn

Amanda is the Senior Editor at AOE. She has a background in teaching elementary art and enjoys working to bring the best ideas from the world of art ed to the magazine each day. 


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  • Jen

    Those are all really great tips. I also use the movie series, “Getting to know the world’s artists…” Great tips though!

    • Thanks, Jen! I’m glad to hear you like the video series that goes with the books. I bought a few discs from the “Dropping in on” video series and was really disappointed. Good to know the “Getting to know…” series is good! 

  • My favorite tip is the map. So many kids have a distorted perception of the world, and by really trying to show them where art comes from, I know it will help them connect in new ways. Every art teacher needs a map and a globe within easy access of everyday conversations! 

  • Erica873

    I agree about the movies. I don’t show many of them, but I think the kids connect better with the videos. I find the books to be rather long and I use a sheet to help them focus on the key points. I am amazed how much they re-call. This went well for me, so far, this year in 2nd grade. Showing the Cassatt movie to 1st didn’t go over as well, even though I limited it to 5 minutes.