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What are Teaching Resources
How Can I use Teaching Resources
Curriculum Guides
AP® Teaching Resources
Art and Architecture Overviews
Case Studies
Illustrated Essays
Studio Art
Sample Lesson Plans
Social Studies and Humanities Overviews

What are Teaching Resources

Our Teaching Resources cover a wealth of information, breaking up the 2 million images in the Digital Library into organized groups and topics. The content can help you jump start a lecture, or be used as an entire course syllabi. The image groups can also be useful for students who are researching topics or themes, or for instructors who are preparing lectures.

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How Can I use Teaching Resources

  • ExploreBrowse the image groups in Teaching Resources to get a better understanding of a topic or time period, style or movement.
  • Customize – Open an image group from any Teaching Resources folder, and use these steps to save the image group into your own folder where you can remove images, add images, re-order the group, edit the group description, and export it.
  • Share – use an image group URL to share a link to the group by email, in a course management system, or on a syllabus.

Curriculum Guides

We currently offer 10 curriculum guides based on real syllabi, which are accessible from our public site, and from within the Artstor Digital Library. These guides are developed through collaborations with faculty members and experts from around the country to ensure the groups are an accurate, reliable source of information for you to use the classroom.

  • When accessing curriculum guides from  artstor.org, each curriculum guide has a a course description with links to the image groups in the Digital Library

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  • Accessing the guides from within the Digital Library displays the file tree structure. Expanding each folder will expose the image groups within.

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AP® Teaching Resources

AP® Teaching Resources cover significant themes in history and in the history of art related to the individual and society, knowledge and belief, the natural world, and the human body. The image groups include related works and art movements, influences, and relevant examples from other cultures that can easily be downloaded into a Powerpoint presentation. These high-quality images come from collections around the world and include trustworthy metadata, comprehensive descriptive text, and links to additional online resources.

Structure of AP Teaching Resources

Each main concept begins with an overview image group and each topic nested under the main concept has one primary image group, plus an image group which places the art In Context (a broader look at art of the time or place) and most have an additional image group In Contrast – showing art connected through time, through meaning or through function.

Features of AP® Art History Teaching Resources

  • Highlights the 250 required works in the curriculum framework
  • Many are seminal works that can be used in other courses
  • Groups contain related works, movements, influences, and relevant examples from other cultures
  • Groups can be easily downloaded to PowerPoint®

Art and Architecture Overviews

These overview groups provide a global view of art history through time.  In every one, you will discover iconic images mixed with other selections that are meant to provoke deeper research. Each group is intended to provide an introduction to a particular subject – the goal is to be inclusive but not necessarily comprehensive.

Case Studies

These case studies are composed of one or more image groups and essays demonstrating the creative ways subscribers are using the Artstor Digital Library in their teaching, research, and scholarship. Contributors include winners of the Artstor Travel Awards 2010-2013.

Illustrated Essays

These inquiries provide personalized perspectives on wide-ranging topics. The essays exploit the potential of abundant and specific imagery to illuminate a theme. Contributors, both from our wider community, and in-house, elucidate a particular expertise or interest. While the emphasis of the essays may be more editorial than academic, many provide links to scholarly sources.

Studio Art

These image groups support teaching studio art courses with roughly 25-40 images per group, which illustrate examples of different qualities in art. The STEM to STEAM image group offers images that bridge the gap between art and science.

Sample Lesson Plans

Our sample lesson plans can help teachers use images to engage students in the classroom. This growing set of plans is intended to stimulate meaningful teaching with streamlined preparation.

Social Studies and Humanities Overviews

Each of these groups of 100 images illustrate topics range in coverage from the environment to the Renaissance.  While some subjects such as Women’s Studies, Anthropology, and Music History, among others, reflect academic guidelines, others, Food and Culinary Arts and the History of Medicine and Natural Science, present an eclectic panorama on a niche topic. Given that these topics range beyond traditional subject matter, they feature the unexpected and can stimulate interdisciplinary thinking.