Open Educational Resources and Art/Art History

This collection was curated by an ASCCC OERI discipline lead. A comprehensive list of current discipline leads is available.

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Understanding Art/Art Appreciation (C-ID ARTH 100)

Surveys of Western Art I (Prehistory through the Middle Ages) (C-ID ARTH 110)

Surveys of Western Art II (Renaissance through Contemporary) (C-ID ARTH 120)

Survey of Asian Art (C-ID ARTH 130)

Art of Africa, Oceania, and Indigenous North Americas (C-ID ARTH 140)

Art History Websites

  • Smarthistory (CC BY- NC-SA)
    • “At Smarthistory we believe art has the power to transform lives and to build understanding across cultures. We believe that the brilliant histories of art belong to everyone, no matter their background. Smarthistory’s free, award-winning digital content unlocks the expertise of hundreds of leading scholars, making the history of art accessible and engaging to more people, in more places, than any other publisher. We work hard to make our essays and videos engaging and accessible while retaining depth, nuance and analytic rigor.”
  • Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR) (CC BY-NC-4.0)
    • “A peer-populated platform for art history teachers. AHTR is home to a constantly evolving and collectively authored online repository of art history teaching content including, but not limited to, lesson plans, video introductions to museums, book reviews, image clusters, and classroom and museum activities. The site promotes discussion and reflection around new ways of teaching and learning in the art history classroom through a peer-populated blog, and fosters a collaborative virtual community for art history instructors at all career stages.”
  • Google Arts and Culture
    • “Google Arts & Culture is a non-profit initiative. We work with cultural institutions and artists around the world. Together, our mission is to preserve and bring the world’s art and culture online so it’s accessible to anyone, anywhere.”
    • Includes features and “stories” on sites, artists, and artworks; “museum explorer” with Streetview technology; and much more
  • ArtxHistory (CC BY-NC-4.0)
    • “ArtxHistory is an education resource of commonly available images, videos, mini-lectures and scholarship of the decades which influenced or defined the mid-century through contemporary art. Most links are concise in content, of prevalent works of art in the early or mature stage of an artist’s career, sourced from museum, academic, journalistic and for profit institutions. ArtxHistory is offered as an alternative to a textbook, relieving users of cost, as quality content online develops. The core intent of ArtxHistory is to offer an art history that replaces the dominant white, male, heteronormative, advantaged, celebrity narratives for a more inclusive history balanced with the work of women, artists of color, LGBTQIA+ persons, intersectional makers, and the self-taught.”
  • Obelisk (formerly Trivium/Art History Project)
    • Welcome to Obelisk, a place to explore the wildly diverse world of art history. Dive into 40,000 years of human creativity, discover artwork from around the world, and explore the stories of history’s most creative and inspiring people. Obelisk can be used as a textbook for art history or as a resource to support one. More than 100 universities and colleges around the world send students here to dig into the timeline of art and tackle basics like composition and history methodologies.

Museum Websites

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This page was last updated May 3, 2024.