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Creating Meaningful Work About Difficult Topics

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Introduction

Introduction 0:13

Making Personal Work

Where Do We Begin? 4:35

Why Are Difficult Topics So Difficult? 2:19

Beginning Discussions

How to Start Conversations 3:44

Connecting with Your Students 2:51

Utilizing Contemporary Artists 2:12

Brainstorming for Topical Work

How to Use a Color Palette 3:25

Working with Thumbnails 2:15

The Importance of Journaling 1:46

Projects That Emphasize Emotions

Personal Experiences 1:58

Twin Flames Project 10:14

Additional Ideas

Leaving Things Open for Students 4:04

Screen Queens Project 4:27

Conclusion

Conclusion 0:29

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Creating Meaningful Work About Difficult Topics

2 PD Hours

  • 1 Reflect on your experiences with difficult topics and learn how to address them effectively in the classroom.

  • 2 Engage with lessons and exercises that help students develop meaningful work about topics important to them.

  • 3 Understand how and why we should give students the space to explore emotions, feelings, and personal experiences in their work.

Are you looking for ways to help students address difficult topics? Do you want to promote the exploration of emotions, feelings, and personal experiences? Would you like students to create more authentic and meaningful work? Join Janani Nathan as she shares her best ideas about dealing with difficult topics and having hard conversations in the art room.


Connected K-12 Art Educator Framework Competencies

INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES
5. Engagement
A. Develops lessons, units, and/or centers that connect with student interests and backgrounds
C. Develops questioning techniques to encourage higher-order thinking skills
D. Constructs opportunities for student choice and authentic learning

STUDIO PRACTICES
8. Creativity
A. Designs experiences to practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills
B. Designs instruction to allow for freedom of expression and independent thought within student work

Janani Nathan

Janani Nathan

High School Art Teacher and Pro Facilitator

Janani is an art educator for a high school in Chicago as well as for a free community arts center for young people. She teaches to provide students with the resources, agency, and trust to think and create critically responding to their surroundings through drawing and painting, sculpture, and graphic design.

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Resources

https://uploads.theartofeducation.edu/2021/04/82.2-GuidelinesforDifficultConversations.pdf
https://uploads.theartofeducation.edu/2021/04/82.2-MindMapping.pdf
https://uploads.theartofeducation.edu/2021/04/82.2-17-Contemporary-Artists-to-Pique-Student-Interest.pdf
https://uploads.theartofeducation.edu/2021/04/82.2-Color-Palette-Planning.pdf
https://uploads.theartofeducation.edu/2021/04/82.2-Thumbnail-Sketches.pdf
https://uploads.theartofeducation.edu/2021/04/82.2-Ideas-for-Visual-Journaling.pdf

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