Teachers reading this: You got this. You were made for this. You pivot instruction every day to reach every learner. This is just a really, really big pivot.
Although some art teachers had the option of creating take-home packets and bags of supplies, many did not. So how can we digitize our instruction and teach artmaking and studio habits remotely?
Google Arts & Culture and Khan Academy are great resources for art history, and many museums have their collections online. If you choose to show videos from online resources, you can use EdPuzzle to assess students’ understanding of what they’re watching. If you’re concerned about equity and supply demands on students, be lenient. If your district is delivering content digitally, consider making digital art lessons using Google Drawing. With a little finesse, there is SO MUCH you can do with this free tool. I have made countless tutorials to support my students using Screencastify, and I can facilitate discussions and critiques using FlipGrid.
More than anything, I want my students to feel safe, supported, and to create art. Artmaking is something that can be therapeutic and beneficial at this time. It is so important that we promote it. Even if it’s not for a grade, it’s beneficial for them, and for us! Remember to keep your creativity flowing during this stressful time. We’re all in this together.
Alison Wallace-Farrington, MA
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