How can communities adapt in the age of climate change? What tools do they need to make this possible?
Students build a small sculpture of their choice from recycled materials, then draw it using observation skills on large paper. They finish with paint.
Students learn how objects can represent an idea, or serve as symbols. They use symbols to create an artwork that can tell a story.
How can we use art to better understand ourselves and our unique experiences?
Students create metaphorical self-portraits.
Students learn to recognize shapes and types of lines as they design and draw their own superheroes.
Students learn about animal defense mechanisms and invent an animal ideally suited to live in the rainforest. They create a marionette puppet of their invention.
Students learn about Persian Miniatures. They then create an illustration of a story or poem using an engraving technique.
Student artists create a landscape of somewhere they have always wanted to see and visit (older students use ‘Google Maps’ to virtually visit, younger students create a collaged book of ideas). They then learn about how color can change the ‘mood’ of a painting.
Students learn about the history and creation of a Mexican folk art called Alebrije. Students create their own imaginary creatures. There is an emphasis on color choices and texture.
Students learn about visual poetry, create a poem about a monster helper, draw a self-portrait, and rearrange their poems in a visual way with the self-portrait.
Students learn about the importance of animals to Indigenous people. They create a self-portrait that uses animals to symbolize themselves and, if they wish, their family.
How do you develop the skills to become a hero?
What does it mean to be a ‘Historical Fact’?
How does clothing represent aspects of self and culture?
Students learn about compositional elements as they create a magical setting that could host fairy tales.
Students learn about artists who faced different mental and physical challenges, and complete a recycled sculpture by getting their own series of challenges.
Students build their ‘dream house’ then draw it using observation drawing.
Students learn about constellations across many different cultures and create their own constellation and write their own origin story.
Students learn about hybrid creatures in mythology, then create their own.
What is a community?
Students study the woman artist ‘Georgia O’Keeffe’. They bring in objects that are special to them and draw them, closely considering their own compositions as they work.
Students learn John Audubon & scientific drawing. They choose an animal, research it, and draw an accurate picture in it’s habitat.
Students learn about how designers can advocate through design by exploring water advocacy groups; they choose a contemporary topic that they care about and design a persuasive poster about it.
Students learn about Jacob Lawrence and the Harlem Renaissance. They make a collage that depicts their own neighborhood, with a focus on color.
Students choose an animal, draw it realistically from photographs, and then use the background to show what human traits the animal has come to represent.
What does it mean to be American?
Students depict where their toys go in their imagination.
How do artists create art that communicates their experience?
What is our relationship with the buildings and the spaces that surround us?