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Celebrating Diversity Through Contemporary Art



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Introduction 0:30

Teaching Diverse Artists

The Importance of Selecting Diverse Artists 1:02

Transitioning From Artist to Student Artwork

Making Contemporary Art Accessible 4:51

Artmaking Based on Contemporary Inspiration 3:02

Taking Artwork Beyond Copying 3:09

Contemporary Art Lessons: Portraiture

Portraiture In Contemporary Art: A Kehinde Wiley Lesson 3:13

Portraiture in Contemporary Art: A Mounira Al Solh Lesson 2:08

Portraiture in Contemporary Art: A Garth Erasmus Lesson 3:59

Contemporary Art Lessons: Abstraction

Abstraction in Contemporary Art: A Hanoch Piven Lesson 3:37

Abstraction in Contemporary Art: A Derrick Adams Lesson 3:45

Abstraction In Contemporary Art: A Heather Hansen Lesson 2:11

The Role of Social Media and Contemporary Artists

Connecting Globally: Sharing Art 3:14

Platforms and Strategies to Find Contemporary Artists 2:51

Strategies for Using Social Media Safely 1:48

Making it Age Appropriate: Issues of Contemporary Art and Censorship at the Elementary Level

Choosing Appropriate Content 1:55

Handling Issues of Censorship 1:47


Conclusion 1:03

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Celebrating Diversity Through Contemporary Art

2 PD Hours

  • 1 Gain practical strategies for adapting contemporary art to elementary art lesson plans.

  • 2 Learn how to move students beyond copying a featured artist and into the production of their own original work.

  • 3 See six dynamic lesson ideas, ready for classroom implementation.

Art teachers are adept at including artists from the pantheon of art history, but sometimes it can be difficult to find contemporary art connections, particularly at the elementary level. In this PRO Pack, Jordan DeWilde demonstrates how to find and select contemporary artists, introduce their art in age-appropriate ways, and design dynamic and engaging projects that your elementary students will love. If you are looking to infuse your curriculum with more contemporary content, this PRO Pack is sure to inspire you!

Connected K-12 Art Educator Framework Competencies

1. Curriculum Design
D. Demonstrates thorough background knowledge and command of the subject matter/content

2. Curriculum Approaches
A. Integrates knowledge of a variety of approaches when planning content
B. Selects printed and digital instructional resources for classroom use

6. Differentiation
A. Designs inclusive instruction based on individual differences and understanding of diverse cultures and communities
B. Designs instruction to address student background knowledge and ability levels

9. Connections
A. Develops instruction that incorporates historical and contemporary artwork
B. Develops instruction that incorporates artwork from a variety of cultures, communities, times, and places
C. Values how the arts connect with other disciplines and provides opportunities to experience those connections
D. Develops instruction that incorporates current issues and themes in education

Connected National Visual Arts Standards
Anchor Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.
Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.

Jordan DeWilde

Jordan DeWilde

High School Art Teacher and PRO Facilitator

Jordan DeWilde currently teaches grades 3-6 in Oregon, Illinois. He strives to create an inclusive curriculum by developing lessons with positive representations of diverse artists and issues. Jordan tells his students, “Great art has been created by men and women of different races, cultures, and communities throughout history.” His mission is to teach his students that art is for everyone!


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