AMICO has contracted with Peter
Walsh to prepare a series of model assignments that draw on The AMICO Library and could be used by Professors and Teaching Assistants
at subscribing AMICO Colleges and Universities. These are based on a
review of the courses offered at those schools, and developed with an
eye to identifying works from the collections of AMICO Members that
would strengthen The AMICO Library if they were contributed.
New media, including The AMICO Library, promises
to make new ways to study and teach art history possible. The AMICO
Library is a resource that goes beyond what has been available in the
past with slide libraries and illustrated books. The AMICO Model Assignments
have been designed to illustrate some of these new pathways to teaching
and study. None of the assignments themselves are especially complicated
technologically. Instead, they are designed to show how the technology
of The AMICO Library can be used to develop new insights and teaching
approaches to art and art history.
Range of Assignment Types
A few assignments require students to do original research
on museum art objects of the highest quality and significance that they
have not been exposed to in class, something facilitated by The AMICO
Library. Other exercises expand on such traditional art history assignments
as identification and compare and contrast. Some assignments were prepared
for individual students to use on their own outside of regular lectures
and classroom assignments
Flexible Content Structures
All of the exercises are designed to be flexible and
adaptable to different situations and contexts. Some, for example, may
be used with examples supplied from The AMICO Library, with other examples
chosen by the instructor, or with images researched by the students.
Others could be used by individual students, groups of students, or
by the instructor in a class discussion.
Art History (Assignments in
other periods to come)