3. A Word to the Teacher

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Applied History of Art and Architecture

ahaafoundation.org  is the interactive website created for high school students and their teachers.

Hello and Welcome. The Applied History of Art and Architecture (AHAA) Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization. We are pleased to provide this educational, high tech, online service for teaching and studying Art History.

The site can be used in a variety of learning environments, at home or in the classroom. We encourage parents to use the site with their children and to ask them open-ended questions that require more than a “no” or “yes” answer about what they are learning. In the classroom, the site can be used as a supplementary tool for social studies, geography and history teachers. It can also assist with computer literacy by providing a stimulating environment and fun way to learn about using the Internet and computers as a tool.

This web site is a work in progress. When it is completed the site will include the lesson plans and everything a teacher needs to teach the course e.g. key questions for guiding group discussions, the art images, the scholarly articles, even the exams. Teachers need not waste valuable prep time pulling together the materials needed to implement the lesson plans. Upon completion, the web site will cover a spectrum of art and architecture from around the world through time and will be the equivalent of a survey art history class or Art History 101. The first unit to be constructed is the Prehistoric Unit.

This is a very exciting time in education because of the huge amount of information available on the Internet. However, there is often confusion as to how this information should be gathered and used in curriculum and research. I have gathered together a great deal of information from the Internet, and have presented it here as part of a suggested curriculum for art history. The teachers can use all the images and curriculum or only the images and/or units they want their students to focus on. It has long been a challenge to acquire the necessary slides and materials for Art History at the middle and high school and junior college levels of study. I sincerely hope that the resources of this site make the teachers’ job a little easier and cuts back on their time and expense, while providing a rich image base and curriculum for viewing and teaching art.

What follows is also under A word for the student. This is the lesson plan that is for each unit.

If you require the students to write down their answer each question they will have a resource of their own to take with them to college.

The other thing that should be kept, this time, at the end of each unit is the art work students made at the end of the class and kept in  a portfolio.

If the teacher keeps these things they will not be lost at home. At the end of each semester review the protfolia and notice with the students their improvement in drawing.

Given that you may want to use only the parts of this course I would still like each student or class to make something because it is this effort that causes them to rember what you said during the lecture. Thinking about answers is one thing and creating something uses a different part of the brain. Please have fun and get in touch with me with your questions.

Katherine Bolman, Ed.D. (808) 941-424

 

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