Last year was a busy one for me. Between finishing The Open Art Room, writing for the Art of Education and working on National Boards (okay, it was a little much, I see that now) and teaching two new classes I felt like I couldn't give enough attention to anything. The one thing that demanded my attention, constantly, was my art history class.
I approached it chronologically, and spent hours researching everything from Assyrian Lamassu (and their destruction by the Islamic State) to medieval church architecture. I had students take notes in visual journals, planned group activities, made sure to include discussion about marginalized groups and experimented with student directed content. Over the span of the course I noticed some elements that worked better than others. My students agreed, and gave me great end of the year feedback.
My Re-designed Art History Class
Work by Kirchner, an artist whose life and life's work was destroyed by Hitler.
My goal for this school year is to develop an art history class that is global and student directed in content, that connects to culture, current events and social justice and that uses museums and themes as base for exploration. I'm excited!
I'm an high school art teacher who's really interested in student choice and creating opportunities for self expression. I'm also a writer for The Art of Education and co-author of The Open Art Room.