The Museum of Modern Art

Art & Ideas: Teaching with Themes

This course is part of Teaching with Art: Using Inquiry, Activities, and Themes Specialization

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Larissa Raphael
Francis Estrada
Lisa Mazzola

Instructors: Larissa Raphael

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  • Explore works of modern and contemporary art through a variety of accessible themes that relate to classroom content and student experiences.

  • Learn about the ways that a thematic approach supports interdisciplinary teaching and learning

  • Hear directly from artists about their ideas and processes

  • Gain exposure to a range of digital resources available for teaching with themes and incorporating content around works of art into your classroom

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There are 6 modules in this course

Welcome to Art & Ideas! In this course, you'll learn to see art through a new lens—one that focuses on themes instead of chronology or historical movements. Themes allow us to make connections between multiple artworks, classroom content, and our own lives. Teaching with a thematic approach not only makes art more accessible but also centers the student experience and supports interdisciplinary teaching.

What's included

2 videos5 readings1 quiz

In this module, we'll explore our first theme: Places & Spaces. When you ground your lessons in sights and structures that are familiar, you provide students with a direct connection to the artwork. You'll discover some of the ways artists have represented place and found inspiration in their surroundings.

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12 videos6 readings1 quiz

In this module, we'll move from place to people as we discover some of the ways artists express, explore, and question identity. You'll learn about portraiture and how artists have created representations of themselves and others. You'll also explore strategies for using art to explore the topic of identity with students.

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8 videos7 readings1 quiz

In this module, we'll consider how artists use everyday objects to challenge assumptions about what constitutes art and how it should be made. At the core of this theme is the idea of artistic choice and the works you encounter will offer insight into the creative processes artists and designers use to invent and transform everyday objects. You'll also gain skills for making interdisciplinary connections and fostering students’ critical thinking abilities.

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10 videos6 readings1 quiz

In this module, you'll explore artworks created in response to the social, cultural, and political issues of their time. You'll gain a deeper understanding of history and contemporary society and explore strategies for encouraging students to think critically about world events and how they are depicted.

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9 videos6 readings1 quiz

In this module, you'll take everything you've learned and create your own thematic lesson plan using works of art. We'll also share some resources you can save and use in the future.

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5 readings1 quiz

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4.8 (103 ratings)
Larissa Raphael
The Museum of Modern Art
3 Courses167,298 learners
Francis Estrada
The Museum of Modern Art
3 Courses167,298 learners
Lisa Mazzola
The Museum of Modern Art
4 Courses569,898 learners

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