AP Art History Teacher Resources

The title of my post is a little misleading, as the artwork we’ll be looking at today isn’t actually titled The Impact of a Book.

Book VI: El Castillo.” Brick wall and book. Jorge Mendez Blake. 2018.

Impact of a book

I showed this to my Post Art History Seminar class. Jorge Mendez Blake melds literature and his love of architecture into large sculptures. Your eye moves along the wall, noticing a slight convex wave in the center. Upon closer inspection you see that the cause is not what you might think, a tool perhaps, but a book. The book in question titled: El Castillo.  Without delving to much into the context surround Blake’s work, my students begin to ask questions, and make assumptions about the meaning.

Discussion leads to how small ideas can make giant impacts, a ripple effect as it were, and our role as citizens of the world to help effect change. It’s a great way to start the semester and get my students thinking about art and its impact!

How do you create academic conversations in your classroom at the beginning of the year? Share below!

I sent my art history students out into the school to capture some “found art” and create a Title, Date, Artist, and material ID with a short description for their work. These are just a few of the Contemporary works that my students “created” during their scavenger hunt. Such a fun activity!





How do you help your art history students get out of the classroom and make an impact on the community? Share your thoughts below!

I might be a little late to the party sharing this here BUT my Art History Club and Post Art History Seminar class have created a podcast called ART AS WE KNOW IT! So far we’ve created 4 episodes and we’re creating more content as you read this! Check out these episodes on Spotify (Search Art As We Know it and scroll down to podcasts to find us) OR check out these links below to Buzzsprout where our podcast is hosted!

Season 1 Episode 1: Destruction of Art


Season 1 Episode 2: Altered Realities


Season 1 Episode 3: Art of the Comic


Season 1 Episode 4: Sweet! Art & Food


If you give us a listen, let me know in the comments below and share it with all your art history friends!

Do you have any other art history podcasts you listen to? Comment your favorites!

Today was a fun experience! Our school has this wonderful resource in our Learning Commons(aka the Library) and today my art history classes got their hands on them!  Our wonderful Librarian had these set up and ready to go for us when we came in, I couldn’t have done it without her! She is such an indispensable resource, she’s even created a spreadsheet that lists expeditions by content area, which is AWESOME! I love being able to collaborate with other teachers and work together to create experiences for students to learn and explore.

We’re into Content Area 3 Early Europe and Colonial Americas, so I found #52 Hagia Sophia and #60 Chartres Cathedral (outside view only) from a street point of view and while the kids were using the goggles I was able to teach them about the structures and their significance.

If you’re not an art history buff or if you don’t teach it, the Google Expeditions app gives prompts for teachers about specific aspects of each architectural piece/place. The teacher uses a tablet to guide students and you can even see where the students are looking and direct them!

This was definitely a fun break, from regular notes, and we got to have a “mini” field trip to the Learning Commons. I think the students really enjoyed it!

Have you ever used Google Expeditions? What other fun technology activities do you use in your classroom? Share below!


One thing that has been on my mind this year, and part of the reason I was hired was my desire and the necessity of growing the AP Art History program.

How was I, as a first year art history teacher and new to the school, going to promote and recruit students into the class for next year?

Here are three things I did, that helped me QUADRUPLE my program in one year! Continue reading