Me-Me Self-Portraits in Grade 2

I love teaching self-portraits! Not only do students get to know themselves much better, they also lose the fear of drawing a face, facial features and drawing a human. Once you teach some basic proportions rules, practice drawing features individually … Continue reading

Jacob Hashimoto Inspired Installation in Grade One

  There are lessons and then there are LESSONS! This one has to be one of my top lessons EVER in the span of 20+ years of teaching children art. This says alot and I put it right up there … Continue reading

What’s in the Suitcase?

The power of art my lovelies. Look at this amazing piece of sculpture by the artist Frances Bruno Catalano, which symbolizes the vacuum created by being forced to leave your land, your life, your people…Very fitting, powerful and so sad. What do you think?

I highly suggest you show this to your students ( doesn’t matter the age!) and start a conversation and discussion about what is happening in the world at this moment- make an art to world connection. Have your students try and guess what’s in the suitcase and what you could possibly fit there that represents all your possessions and life you are leaving behind. How does this man feel? Where is going? What would you put in your suitcase?

More importantly, show how art can be so powerful and a way to express our feelings, emotions, pain, suffering, create change, and make a statement. 

Oh the beautiful power of art ❤️

How can you use art to shed light on world events, inspire compassion and action? Please leave your comments below and share this post.