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08/29/2014 03:39 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Virtual Resources for Art History and Appreciation Courses

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In November of 2012 I posted a blog with a title that posed a question: "Is Smarthistory the Art History Textbook of the Future?." At the time, it seemed to me that Smarthistory, which describes itself as a "multimedia web book about art" had almost developed to the point that it could almost replace, rather than supplement, a standard art history textbook.

Now, two years later quite a bit more content has been added I think Smarthistory has hit critical mass. I think it truly can replace standard high school and college texts for a variety of widely taught survey courses in art history and art appreciation. Smarthistory now provides workable online syllabi for several courses, and I have made up my own "Virtual Art Appreciation" text using Smarthistory in combination with other free and open resources.

The list of resources below are here for you to inspect and consider. If you are a K-12 teacher or college professor, please consult your institution's curriculum guidelines, and your supervisor before you consider going textless. Please also keep in mind that these resources need to be properly integrated with your other resources, lecture content and evaluations. I will leave it up to you to vet these materials to make sure they meet your standards.

Because these resources tend to be links that lead to links, I am keeping this blog short and will leave to you to let it lead you to the vast and growing riches of the online world of art history.

Enjoy!

Virtual Resources for Art History and Appreciation Courses

A Survey Course in Western Art

Using Smarthistory and Open Resources

An Online Syllabus for a Course in Renaissance to Modern Art

Using Smarthistory videos and written resources

An Online Syllabus for a Course in Modern Art

Using Smarthistory videos and written resources

A Virtual Art Appreciation Text

Compiled by John Seed using Smarthistory and open source materials

Art History Videos

Art Through Time: A Global View (13 thirty-minute segments)

Robert Hughes: The Shock of the New

(An 8 part series on modern art, each 60 minutes)

An index of art videos/documentaries available online

Other Resources:

An index of Free Online courses in Art History:

The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History