- Make flashcards
One useful art history tip is to print out the images you are studying and tape them to the front of an index card. This allows you to see the image in color and its information.
- Don't study only one way
Although flash cards are helpful, don't only use them as your only study material. Also look through your notes and when studying with the flashcards, making sure to study with the images facing both away and towards you. In addition, make flashcards for different time periods, such as Impressionism, and how you could define that style.
- Make a timeline
I think anyone who has taken an art history test knows dates are the hardest to remember. Making a timeline with the images on your flashcards can be really helpful to visualize which came first. It's a fun and active way to put everything you have to learned into perspective and remember those dates!
- Use key words
There is a whole set of words your professor and the textbook will use to describe art; make sure to mirror that language within your notes in class, in your flashcards, and again on the test. Writing these keys words in bold or with a different color may help you recognize which words are important.
With some pieces of work, it is easy to find something that is entertaining, interesting or funny about it. If you're having trouble finding something like this, Google the piece and sometimes an interesting fact or back story can pop up surrounding the work. Finding those silly things can help you to remember the real names or artist connected to the piece.