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Defining Identity 0:46
Identity in the Classroom 0:50
Creating a Welcoming Space
Welcoming All Students 1:08
Using Inclusive Language 1:04
Setting Ground Rules 1:49
Identity in Art History
Choosing Artists and Artwork 1:24
Making Connections 1:00
Going Beyond Reproduction 1:47
Introducing the Idea of Identity 1:21
Instructional Strategies 0:49
Planning Curriculum Around Identity
Cultivating Authentic Art Experiences 0:46
Using a Theme to Create Work 1:03
Benefits and Drawbacks
Presenting Artwork 1:20
Unlock Certificate: 5 Questions
1 PD Hours
1 Learn how to use the theme of identity in your classroom.
2 Discover how to create a welcoming space where all students feel safe.
3 Help students create original, meaningful work through authentic art experiences.
It can be tough to help students develop personally meaningful work. Students may feel reluctant to share or have trouble going beyond trite ideas. In this PRO Pack, learn how to leverage the theme of “identity” in your classroom to help your students break past their first ideas and create personal, original artwork of which they can feel proud.
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
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. 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
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
Anchor Standard #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #5. Develop and refine artistic work for presentation.
High School Art Teacher and PRO Facilitator
Melissa Purtee teaches visual art at Apex High School outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. She is passionate about student choice, supporting diversity, and creating pathways for authentic self-expression. She is also the co-author of The Open Art Room and the blog Thoughts on Arting.