About ‘Embracing Challenges’:  

In this project, student artists learn about artists who faced mental or physical challenges and turned these challenges to their advantage. Students are tasked with creating a sculpture, but as they create they are faced with a series of challenges that they have to work through.

A note that the Doodles Academy curriculum encourages a growth mindset by focusing on process over product: projects are designed to allow students to tell their own stories and individualize art projects. This creates a more engaging and more challenging environment where students learn to solve their own problems rather than copying a model.

 A typical day in the project:

Students watch a video giving them context and demonstrations.

Students receive instructions and work on their art independently.

…and more:

-Guardians will receive emails detailing concepts they can discuss with their children. 

-After the final lesson, students will submit a photo of their artwork and an artist statement.

  • Tempera paint in red, blue, yellow, white, and black
  • Brushes
  • White glue
  • Optional: tacky glue
  • Optional: hot glue (they make ‘cool’ hot glue guns)
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard & small recyclables (e.g., cereal boxes, tubes, corks, etc)
  • 6″ square cardboard base (rather thick so it is strong enough to support materials on top).
  • Gridded paper (this can be handmade or printed out)
  • Printer paper, folded into a book

Embracing Challenges: Online Art Lessons for Kids


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