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Open Educational Resources (OER/ZTC/LTC)

This guide provides information about OER and a basic primer about copyright and fair use for instruction

ART 6 - Art Appreciation

  • C-ID ARTH 100 (Understanding Art/Art Appreciation) – An OER text to cover world art on a timeline from prehistoric to modern times with an emphasis on female artists. A World Perspective of Art Appreciation. (Gustlin and Gustlin) is available in LibreTexts.
  • C-ID ARTH 110 – Glossary for SUNY’s “Art History and Appreciation I” that was developed by Lumen Learning. This Art History glossary is available in Canvas Commons. If the provided link does not work, please search “ASCCC” in Canvas Commons to find all ASCCC OERI resources.

  • Lumen Learning - Art History

  • Online open textbook covering prehistoric to 20th-century art across the world.


    MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.

  • OER Commons

    OER Commons provides a curated collection of Art History, Graphic Arts, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts.

  • Open Book Publishers

    UK publishing imprint that provides free online access and low cost formatted and print access to titles with a special emphasis on humanities, digital humanities, and social sciences.

  • Open Textbook Library

    Browse a wide selection of textbooks on topics related to art.

  • Pressbooks OER - Art History

    The BCcampus Open Education OER by Discipline Guide lists a wide range of open educational resources, including textbooks and courses, organized by discipline.

  • Pressbooks OER - Fine Art

Courses and Videos

Activities and Assignments

Activities and Assignments

Note - while many of these examples may not be designed for online use, it is hoped that they may be activities that can be modified for use online.

Art Appreciation Open Educational Resource [Complete Collection of Lessons] (Links to an external site.) - For ease of adapting the materials, editable files are provided. Under additional files, you can download ZIP files of the presentations in PowerPoint and the reading lists in Word, as well as a Word document of sample sketchbook assignment topics. Presentations and reading lists are separated by lessons within the ZIP files.


 - This assignment asks students to create a mock exhibition on any given topic that interests them, utilizing objects available online.


- After completion of this assignment, students will be able to:

  • Explain the technical and material aspects of gold-ground panel painting.

  • Analyze how the technique influences the resulting artwork.


- The lesson involves having students look closely at a few frames from four handscroll paintings from the Heian period, interpreting them with the help of some contextual information, and then comparing them.


 - After completing this activity, students will be able to:

  • Explain the different associations and implications of the terms “cultural appropriation”, “artistic influence”, “primitivism” and “modernism”.

  • Construct arguments (for both pro and con positions) on the politics of cultural appropriation and artistic influence in Western modernism.

  • Assess the validity and persuasiveness of these arguments.

  • Evaluate and critique the ways art and art history are linguistically and institutionally framed.


 - After completing this activity, students will be able to:

  • Think critically about the designation of public space

  • Engage in critical discussions of public art and their relationship with city and neighborhood demographics

  • Consider public art as an expression of and reaction to the realities, changes, and inequalities of the city


 - This assignment asks students to look through online resources or visit a museum to find an object that has not been discussed in the course. Students are tasked not only with finding an object that interests them by navigating through various resources offered by museums, but also with arguing for this object’s inclusion in the survey course as it has just been taught.


 - This assignment is designed as part reading response and part argumentative essay although it can be modified to suit the needs of a particular class or instructor. It can also be modified to be an in-class discussion or debate instead of a written assignment. By using a well-researched and accepted source such at the Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (Links to an external site.), this assignment could also be used to explain the importance of a source’s credibility.

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