Mark Alexander asked about avenues into teaching art history. The recent
publication of Art History by Marilyn Skogstad (and others) Published by
Prentice Hall is an excellent replacement for the art history survey texts
that we have grown accustomed to. Various specialists have contributed in
their areas of western and non-western art and the work that is discussed
is explored within both studio and sociological contexts. The ArtPack by
Christopher and Helen Frayling and Ron Van Der Meer, published by Knopf
also can be a useful starting point for developing hands-on activities
related to art history.
A recent edition (sorry I don't have the specific issue) Of the Art Journal
published by the College Art Association focused on alternative approaches
to teaching art history and there was a related article this spring in the
Chronicle of Higher Education. Have fun and remember that we no longer have
to teach art history as "art-in-the-dark".
Green Mountain College
Poultney, VT 05764