12 Articles to Support Art Educators and Teaching Social Issues

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Magazine articles are opinions of professional educational contributors from across the nation and do not necessarily represent the position of the Art of Education University or any of its academic offerings.

In the past few weeks, with the end of remote learning and states loosening social distancing and learning restrictions due to COVID-19, art teachers have found themselves at the end of the strangest school year. As if that was not enough, art teachers are also processing and reacting to the headlines of what is happening in our communities. It has been hard work. Our students, too, are seeing images and hearing messages that are hard and confusing. At AOEU, we have been reflecting on more than ever that…

Our mission is to grow amazing art teachers by providing rigorous, relevant, and engaging learning at every stage of their career.

So, whatever might be happening in the world, we are called to reflect and lead our students during summer, in school, or through online/remote learning. Only together can we work toward a better world.

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As you work with and learn from your students and plan for the next weeks, the summer, and beyond, here are 12 articles from our library that will hopefully help frame what you can do.

Using Color Theory to Deconstruct Race: Part One

Using Color Theory to Deconstruct Race: Part Two

The Power of Art to Heal Trauma

The Perfect Project to Teach Your Students About Art and Activism

A Guide for Working with Students Creating Controversial Artwork

How To Discuss Social Issues in the Art Room without Bias

Teach Your Students to Use Art as a Tool for Social Advocacy

5 Black Female Artists You (and Your Students!) Should Know

What You Need to Know About Inclusive Education in the Art Room

How to Better Support Your Marginalized Students

Inclusivity for All Learners in the Art Room

How to Help Students Embrace Their Differences

The work at AOEU is never complete. To continue to fulfill the mission, we are committed to the continued creation and publishing of rigorous and relevant content in the months and years to come.

What can you do to bring better support students of color? 

What unique role can art teachers play at this time? 


Magazine articles and podcasts are opinions of professional education contributors and do not necessarily represent the position of the Art of Education University (AOEU) or its academic offerings. Contributors use terms in the way they are most often talked about in the scope of their educational experiences.


Megan Dehner

Megan Dehner, an art and Spanish language educator, is a former AOEU Writer. She believes in empowering art teachers with resources and knowledge to overcome barriers students may face in the art room.

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