Teacher Review for Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Useful collection of art-history resources; can be dry/dreary without focus/interactive associated activity/limits

John D.
Classroom teacher
Luther Burbank High School
Sacramento, United States
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My Subjects Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This was great in small, focused bursts: giving students specific search terms or targeted explorations is the way to go. You can't, alas, just turn students loose on the site to read and learn from the slides. I like to give a very general overview of a period, movement, or style, and the turn students loose on a site like this to find a work that inspires them or that (less ideally) they could copy.
My Take
I love how the slideshows are organized. You could really do a whole college course if you had the self-discipline and interest. For 9-12 grades, some fences and targets are necessary. And as always, this is not a complete resource: movements are missing, ethnic art is grouped in ghettos-- but of course art history has traditionally been Euro-centric. All in all, I'm very grateful for the resource as a teaching and learning tool, but the high school teacher has work to do to make the human history of art focused and relevant and engaging. Small bursts!