Supplementary materials
for effective workbook completion

Building Good Slide Lists

Study Aids

Important Links

Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art

Smart History

More Links

Highly Recommended Reading

How to Never Forget Anything Ever Again, by Martin Griffel (, March 25,

What's Lost As Handwriting Fades, by Maria Konnikova
(New York Times, June 2,

Among the ungraded elements of this course are workbooks designed to help you learn the material as thoroughly as possible. A carefully-kept and well-designed workbook is a hallmark of success in this class, and is vital to earning decent grades.

Workbook components

Slide lists

Each week's images for the background/foundation discussion will be listed on a table that provides spaces for basic information, images, and notes. You are responsible for maintaining your lists in good order and completing them in a timely fashion so that they will both facilitate learning and enable you to complete exams successfully. Completed slide lists may be used to answer questions on the midterm and final exams.

Through long experience I have observed that students learn much more deeply when they encounter information repeatedly and are asked to make connections--rather than simply memorizing assorted facts and regurgitating them on tests. The more you actually use information, the more likely it is that you will turn it into knowledge. Slide lists are linked to the top of the topic page for each week.

Study Aids

These thematically designed charts and worksheets have been created to help you assimilate facts, ideas, and other information. Used in conjunction with slide lists, they can help you make connections across time and see how various ideas develop. Properly and accurately completed, they can also help you answer questions on exams. Although they will not be graded, I will be happy to check them over for accuracy; this process can be time-consuming, however, so it's best to make an appointment with me during office hours if you need help.


Lists of important terms will be linked every two weeks to the Schedule. I will try to provide solid definitions and/or descriptions of these within the lecture. I addition, however, there is a glossary in the textbook (beginning on p. 1143). You will not be asked to define words on the exams (you will need to recognize definitions and to provide examples), but familiarity with a variety of ways to describe them will help you understand their use more fully.

Other useful sources for vocabulary information:

Quizlet's AP Art History Vocabulary flash cards provide definitions and pronunciations.

The ArtLex Art Dictionary isn't particularly lovely to look at, but it can be very useful.


Careful note-taking is probably the most valuable tool available to you. If you develop the habit of going over your class notes and augmenting them with what you read in the textbook or gather from supplementary sources (such as recommended websites, videos, journal articles, etc.), you will not only earn better grades, but learn the material more thoroughly and more permanently.

Occasional "special focus" lectures will include supplementary resources (linked to the appropriate week's topic page), but will not include slide lists. You must, therefore, make note of the important information we discuss in class, and be able to answer questions about the content of the lecture and discussion.

I strongly suggest that you devote a separate notes page to any special topics, so that you can remember the information and be able to access it for exam purposes. Be sure to note important works of art that illustrate the connections made in the lecture and discussion.


Completed workshops should be kept in your Workbook, because they are designed to augment the material we cover in class.

I am continuously amazed at the number of creative uses students find for their workbooks. Former students frequently e-mail me with stories of how these course-related tools continue to serve them in their professional lives. Keep this in mind while you construct your own, and consider its possible benefit beyone the two art history courses.