Although movies are sometimes cast in a bad light by administrators and parents, we know that a good movie can help bring art to life. If you like to use occasional movies in your high school classroom, then this AOE List is for you! Thanks to all of our amazing FB fans that helped us put the list together.
NOTE: Depending on your comfort level, the maturity of your students, and your school’s policies, some language and/or scenes from the movies below may not be appropriate for your classroom. ALWAYS preview movies in their entirety before showing them to your students.
Click the links below to explore each item.
Waste Land An artist creates portraits of trash pickers in the world’s largest garbage dump in this moving documentary.
Brush With Fate
Learn about Vermeer through this screen adaptation of the novel Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland.
Showing a movie like those listed above is a great way to hook your kids when talking about art history. But, it isn’t the only way. If you’re looking for more engaging ways to bring art history into your classroom, be sure to take a peek at the Implementing Art History in the Secondary Art Room PRO Learning Pack. You’ll learn how to introduce compelling and relevant artists to your students and gain strategies to help your students interact in meaningful ways with the art they see in your classroom.
Anything by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli
These beautiful and deep anime films will capture your students’ imaginations.
Teach with Movies– a database of films with educational connections, which you can search by subject, age and more
Art in the Movies – a blog run by visual artist Jim Gaylor with a focus on art in television and film
We hope this list is a useful reference tool for you. If you are short on time in your classroom, one FB fan had a great tip to search through the “Special Features” sections of DVDs for inspiring and informative “behind the scenes” information to show instead. Genius!