A Unique Portrait Lesson to Build Empathy and Share Stories

What do Freddie Mercury, Albert Einstein, Mila Kunis, Salvador Dalí, the Dalai Lama, Gloria Estefan, MIA, Wassily Kandinsky, and Madeleine Albright all have in common? According to my high school students, they are all talented, bright, and leaders in their fields. They also experienced being displaced from their homes. While refugees and internally displaced people … Read more

15 Fun One-Day Elementary Art Lesson Ideas

We have all been there, standing in the art room, wondering, “What do I do with my students today that will only take today?” In addition, there is the desire for authentic learning and creativity, making the planning process seem very overwhelming. In the elementary art room, the schedule can be rather unpredictable, to say … Read more

A Lesson in Bad Manners From an Art Provocateur

LONDON — How to characterize Jake and Dinos Chapman? The two brothers first made a big splash in the 1990s, when they fabricated a gruesome, three-dimensional version of an etching by Goya from a series called The Disasters of War. This assemblage of lopped and mutilated, mannequin-like human limbs hanging from a tree was shown … Read more

4 Fresh Art Lesson Ideas to Spark Interest in 16 Different Careers

Now and then, it’s essential to reinforce and validate the question, “Why art?” with our students. You probably get questions that run along the lines of, “Why do we have to do this?” or statements about how they don’t have to change or improve their work because “art can be anything anyone wants.” The good … Read more