Oct 17th 2016

Art & Ideas: Teaching with Themes (Coursera)

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This course is designed to help build critical skills that support theme-based teaching practices and build confidence in incorporating modern and contemporary art into interdisciplinary lesson plans. By addressing themes and questions that arise in relation to modern and contemporary art, the course will help you to think creatively about links to your curriculum and the ways that you can tap into students’ knowledge and life experience.

In this course, you will explore four themes that educators at The Museum of Modern Art use frequently in their teaching: Places & Spaces, Art & Identity, Transforming Everyday Objects, and Art & Society. Through videos, slideshows, and a variety of resources, readings, and activities, you will explore the content and context of works of art in MoMA’s collection.

Learners will…

- Explore works of modern and contemporary art through a variety of themes that relate to classroom content and student experience.

- Hear directly from artists about their ideas and processes.

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

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