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Lesson plans and creativity exercises from the Art21 Educator community

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Decay: Ecology of a Nurse Log

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Decay: Ecology of a Nurse Log

Educator-in-Residence Tricia Fitzpatrick uses the curiosity of a student to prompt a lesson on sustainable ecosystems.

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Investigation: Where Art Meets Science

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Investigation: Where Art Meets Science

In an investigation with her 9th grade applied science class, Tricia Fitzpatrick’s students learn what makes Mars red, and create rust artworks through experimentation.

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Bad Art

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Bad Art

Art21 Educator Jack Watson shares a creativity exercise that asks students to make “bad art” as a way to allow for experimentation and playful collaboration.

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Unit Plan: Layering Experience

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Unit Plan: Layering Experience

Art21 Educator Jack Watson shares a unit plan that encourages students to find their own methods of exploring shared experiences and spaces.

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#ArtSelfies

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#ArtSelfies

In this creativity exercise, ART21 Educator Shannah Burton teaches students that an #artselfie is worth more than its number of likes.

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Museums: A Critical Exploration

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Museums: A Critical Exploration

In this creativity exercise, ART21 Educator Shannah Burton engages students in institutional critique on a trip to the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Mind Map in progress. Photo courtesy of the author.

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Mind Maps

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Mind Maps

In this creativity exercise, ART21 Educator Shannah Burton engages students in creating artworks that build mental links between ideas.

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Dictation Drawings

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Dictation Drawings

In this creativity exercise, ART21 Educator Don Ball engages students in connecting with artworks on a fundamental level.

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Writing Poems About Art: A Looking Activity

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Writing Poems About Art: A Looking Activity

In this creativity exercise, ART21 Educator Don Ball engages students in creating their own connections between words and images.

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Systems & Instructions

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Systems & Instructions

In this creativity exercise, ART21 Educator Don Ball engages students in creating their own connections between following instructions and the instructions themselves.

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Visualizing Verbs

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Visualizing Verbs

In this creativity exercise, ART21 Educator Don Ball engages students in creating their own connections between actions and visuals.