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Art Museum Faculty Resource Guide: Art History and Fine Arts

This is a faculty resource guide composed of faculty testimonials, online resources, and ideas for integrating the La Salle University Art Museum into classroom instruction.

La Salle University Art Museum


La Salle University Art Museum is a place of community engagement, educational inquiry, and interdisciplinary exploration - offering visitors of all ages and from all walks of life, opportunities to learn about original artworks, their historical contexts, and their continuing relevance.


The mission of the La Salle University Art Museum is to further the University’s Lasallian educational objectives by helping students, other members of the University community and the general public to experience significant, original works of art in an intimate setting and to place them in meaningful contexts. In addition to acquiring, preserving and exhibiting its collections, the Museum offers viewers an opportunity to sharpen their aesthetic perception and to investigate the interrelationships which emerge between art and other disciplines.

A Sample Art History Museum Class by Patricia Haberstroh

Because I teach Art History, my classes are frequently in the museum, but the most challenging class is often Art 150, a core course in Patterns. One goal for this course is to overcome prejudices about different kinds of art, and Albert Gleize's 1920 Cubist oil painting, The Man in the City, in the Modern and Contemporary Room, is a good place to start. Because this is not a representational painting, I ask the students if they see a man or a city.

Most identify some buildings but cannot find the man. I ask them to look more carefully and they then begin to pick out arms legs, and eyes, scattered throughout the painting. Interest develops as the class tends to see the painting as a puzzle to be solved. I then ask them to consider the lines and colors in the painting and they soon identify the geometric forms (triangles, rectangles, etc.) which are the hallmark of Cubism, forms created with bright colors.


Previous Art Museum Presentations for English Classes

Art History

Curator presented Japanese prints from the collection for Pat Haberstroh’s class on “Art and Literature.” (The novel the students were reading referred to Japanese prints).

Curator presented Indian miniatures for class on Asian Art.

Professors frequently self-tour the collection, which lends itself to instruction in the history of Western art from the Renaissance to the present.

Fine Arts

Curators regularly take out a selection of drawings from the Museum’s storage to discuss techniques and media of drawing.

David McShane frequently self-tours the collection with his classes.


Curator talked to class about the representation of the human body in art using artworks from the collection.

Recent exhibition (Dec. 2009-Feb. 2010) focused on work by contemporary digital artist.