Local artists provide up to three-hour lessons to Cincinnati Public School elementary, middle and high school students, offering a visual-art approach to learning and showing teachers how they can incorporate hands-on visual art into prescribed curriculum.
The classroom teacher selects the subject matter, the goals for the lesson, the curriculum to be covered, and the standards to be met. The Art Academy artist/instructor then researches, plans and writes the lesson and prepares the materials. In the classroom, the artist/instructor gives each student his or her own sketchbook and any additional supplies involved in the classroom exercise. They also provide the teacher with the lesson plan and research, along with suggestions for follow-up or related projects.
The response to this program has been overwhelming. One teacher described the program as “engaging 6-year-olds in three hours of creative work aligned to promotion standards while stretching their imaginations and creativity. They learned new skills not previously attempted. They also used materials in new ways.”
For more information contact the Community Education program at (513) 562-8748.
Participating teachers are required to complete the Evaluation Form.