It’s a strange time for sure, and with the wide range of approaches to reopening schools that is happening nationwide, it’s clear that teachers, parents, families, and all the adults that support children will be looking for new ways to bridge this social gap. Aside from going down the rabbit hole on what needs to happen, when, and for whom, IPaintMyMind has been focused on supporting the communities we serve, namely teachers, schools, administrators, students, and their families, with adaptable and useful arts engagement tools that make e-learning, hybrid learning, or homeschooling a great experience nonetheless. We spent a lot of time this Spring revamping the art education curriculum and art guide we provide our Chicago Public Schools Shared Walls partners, and so adapting that to serve communities nationwide became a logical extension of our efforts.
The bottom line, is that The IPaintMyMind Arts Education Curriculum and Resource Guide is an 88-page Plug and Play Visual Arts Curriculum is all about supporting you and your students through arts education framework, activities, and resources that make an impact. It’s available for $197 for a limited time, but we wanted to provide more insight into the real value it provides, the flexibility of its structure, and vast resources included, all in an effort to engage students by connecting the process of experiencing, reflecting on, and making art to the way it lives in the real world.
This isn’t an art history class with timelines and notable dead white guys.
It’s an interactive art curriculum that leads both teachers and students through an engaging Three Phase structure that’s both extremely practical and a lot of fun.
Ahead, we unpack it a bit, showing you why we’re confident you’ll feel it was worth 5x as much.
Our philosophy revolves around three pillars that taken together, create a doorway for creative expression. We call that process ‘Experience, Reflect, Make.’
At IPaintMyMind, we’re positive that this process of broadening our horizons, being given space and time to process, and then being intentional and creative about our own contributions to the world, is the type of experience that produces young people excited to be part of a better world.
This pathway which we also sometimes refer to as called ‘See, Think, Do’ is central to activating young people to participate in the creative process by first engaging and reflecting, before making art of their own.
As educators, parents, caregivers, and youth leaders, our aim is to support a rich experience that makes hybrid and non-traditional learning set ups productive and fun for everyone involved. The customizable nature of the program means you’re in control of how to roll this out.
Once you purchase the guide, you can download it and watch the accompanying videos, you’re on your way to bringing this experience to life for your kids.
The active learning really comes into play as you lead your kids through the Three Phases, select a featured artists from the resource section, and get started with the lesson plans we’ve provided. For our curriculum designers and teachers involved in building the guide, we really wanted to focus on ‘how art lives in the world.’ In this sense, the process of making art has been intentionally connected to its application in the real world.
One example of an activity that makes that connection explicitly is a lesson plan we provide in Phase One, which invites students to create a piece of art based on the featured artist they have selected to study from Section 5 of the guide, and then upload it to a website where it can be mocked up as various products! Mugs, t-shirts, prints, towels, anything!
Not only evidencing the various ways art can be monetized and delivered, it also implicitly makes the connection for your students/kids that art can also be a great business. As it is for the artists we feature in the IPaintMyMind Permanent Print Collection!
Hear what one of our teachers is saying about The IPaintMyMind Arts Education Curriculum and Resource Guide already…
“The art guide is incredible. It gives great ideas on how to incorporate the artist and artworks into discussions with the class. I love the meaningful questions that come with each idea. It is clear you guys spent a lot of time creating the videos and the document with the students’ enjoyment in mind.”
With all that said, please do let us know if you have any questions or go ahead and get started by buying your copy and telling your friends & fellow teachers about this awesome resource during this challenging time.
Learn more about The IPaintMyMind Arts Education Curriculum and Resource Guide and purchase your copy today – available for $197 for a limited time!
PLEASE NOTE: Any Chicago Public Schools Teachers interested in the guide should CLICK THIS LINK to receive FREE ACCESS to the versions we deliver to our Shared Walls Program schools in Chicago. This offer is limited to CPS Teachers only through June 2021.
All teachers outside CPS are invited to purchase The IPaintMyMind Arts Education Curriculum and Resource Guide. Proceeds are reinvested in delivering the FREE and low-cost arts programs, services, and curriculum we provide to underserved communities.
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