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Why Contemporary Art?
What is Contemporary Art? 1:34
Impact on Student Learning 2:41
Types of Artists that Resonate with Students 2:56
Contemporary Artists Alongside Old Masters
Benefits of Comparing and Contrasting 3:32
How to Choose Artists 2:45
Classroom Activities 4:02
Contemporary Art, Contemporary Issues
Using Contemporary Art as a Lens 4:01
Dealing with Controversy 3:04
Infusing Contemporary Art into Your Classroom
Contemporary Art Friday 4:18
5 Artists Research Project 4:10
Unlock Certificate: 5 Questions
2 PD Hours
1 Discover how bringing contemporary art into your classroom can engage your students.
2 Learn how to pair traditional and contemporary artists in your curriculum.
3 Explore different classroom activities and projects that get students thinking deeply.
There are so many reasons to bring contemporary art into your classroom. Most importantly, it allows students to learn about and engage with artists and ideas that are relevant to their lives. In this PRO Pack, explore this idea and more as Jack shows you exactly how to infuse contemporary art into your existing curriculum. Walk away with the ability to pair contemporary and traditional artists, navigate difficult conversations, and present your students with meaningful assignments.
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
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
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
Secondary Art Teacher and PRO Facilitator
Jack Watson is an artist and educator who teaches art and art history at Durham School of the Arts in Durham, North Carolina. He believes the art classroom is a space where students can find their voice through inquiry, experimentation, and contemporary approaches to art education.