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Remote teaching and learning with Artstor

A guide for online educators

Strategies for teaching and learning with Artstor

Watch this recorded webinar to learn ways to take advantage of every aspect of the Artstor Digital Library to optimize to your teaching. You will learn best practices in creating and organizing groups, searching techniques, all about sharing and exporting content, plus even more tips and tricks! 

Using Artstor groups for distant teaching

There are three ways to use Artstor to bring together groups of images to present to students remotely.

You can

  • start new groups by searching for just the right image to bring your text to life and gathering those images in a group
  • choose one of our curated groups to start your collection and add or delete images to that group, making it your own
  • use one of our curate groups 

Each of these methods is discussed below. Depending on the amount of time you have and the content you are teaching, you will probably use all three at one point or another.

Making new groups

New to creating groups?

Assemble a complete unit/lecture in a group, including notes and links.

Once you have logged in, search and select your desired image(s) you can save them to a group. Choose the Organize menu and the Save to New Group dropdown. Create and name your group, save your image(s). You can now rearrange the images, search for a nd save more to the groups, From the Organize menu you can edit the group information adding a robust description.  You may choose to add links and reading lists as you see fit. Choose the Share menu to share this new group with students.

Saving to Groups

Enhance groups you have already created

Here’s a way to get more from the groups you have already made in Artstor.

Over the years, you may have made groups and then downloaded the group to present off line in the classroom. Artstor has all those groups waiting for you to lightly edit and share with students in your learning management system or other interface. 

Once you have logged in, go to the Browse dropdown menu on any page and choose Groups. In Groups, you should have My Groups already highlighted (if you don’t see My Groups, you either don’t have any groups or are not logged in). You can search for the group you want to edit and then either copy that groups saving the original for another time or edit that group by adding more images.


You can also edit the description from that same Organize dropdown menu. Consider optimizing that description space by adding:  

  • assignments related to the images,
  • important points you want students to remember,
  • the text of your lecture,
  • add links to direct students to further reading. 


Tip: You can copy a group with all this descriptive content and add or delete both text and images to create different groups for different sections our related courses. Before you leave this group description box, consider adding tags to make it more discoverable. For example, adding a tag for the course number will make finding all the groups for one course easier.

The Share dropdown menu can help you share the group with your students or post it to your learning management system. 

Artstor curated content

Here’s one way to use curated groups in Artstor.

Once you have logged in, go to the Browse dropdown menu on any page and choose Groups. In Groups, click on Artstor Curated.

While in the Groups interface, use the search bar to look for a group on the topic you have been teaching this semester, and then use the tags to the left to narrow even further.



Tip: use the asterisk (*) after the root of a word to get to all the permutations after the root (Example: Impression* will retrieve Impressionist, Impressionists and Impressionism)

Once you arrive at an image group that looks promising, click on it to reveal the group and any additional essays in the group details to the right.

From here you can assign the group to students or copy and edit it (from the Organize dropdown) to more directly meet your teaching goals. Either way, once you have what you want, Use the Share dropdown menu to send the link to your students or place in your learning management system. Once a student opens the image group they will always find it in Groups under Shared with Me.