Programs for Schools

Programs for Schools

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Artist & Writer in Residence

Program Description

Artist & Writer in Residence is a curriculum enrichment tool that empowers teachers and enhances the learning environment through the dynamic, vivid lens of visual art, and improves teaching core curriculum and 21st Century skills of creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. This free outreach program for 7th to 12th-grade students enhances in-school studies in art, writing, and foreign language courses.

This year includes a catalog of free, virtual, and customizable courses focused on 21st Century based skills in art, creative writing, and social practice. Our virtual classes address current challenges and are created to enhance students' creative exploration and provide an accessible curriculum enrichment resource for teachers with in-person, remote, or hybrid schedules. Registering your classes grants you a virtual Teaching Artist & Writer for 3-4 class sessions, a complex and complete online Google Classroom course, and a budget to produce the work your students create in a collective, innovative, and adaptive way.

We work with over 2000 students each school year from all over the Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana region.

Teachers can sign up for a variety of courses and new course offerings will debut in January 2021!

Sign up today! We are accepting registrations now through the end of the academic year. Register for one, or for all of your classes!

Virtual Course Descriptions:

Destiny Brown
Into the Zoomverse: Characterization and World-Building

Students explore the idea of what it would be like to participate in virtual learning from another world aside from our own. Students will create a digitally created landscape of a new world, realm, multiverse, or dimension to utilize in their virtual classrooms. After some critical thinking, ideation, and expansion of their created worlds and what the environment is like, students will dive into the digital art-making process using free software to edit photos, digitally draw, and build their world. Students will then make a character version of "themselves" that can exist, specifically in this world (what do you look like, what other creatures are present in this world?). Once these processes are complete, students can create small gif animated elements for their finished pieces. All of the final digital landscapes will be placed together in a large-scale collaborative class "video-call" to celebrate everyone's work.

Christen Collins
Digital Murals
Digital Art, Social Practice, Photography

This course will introduce the purpose and process of creating public art in site-specific places. Students will have the opportunity to develop their murals in a digital format, using photography, mixed media, and photo editing software. We will be exploring the diverse artwork of murals, graffiti, installations, and street art made by contemporary artists. Simultaneously, learning the history and meaning of these art forms and how they have influenced the community today and throughout time. We will engage in critical thinking, problem-solving, and develop conceptional ideas to make innovative art pieces that convey empathic messages shared with others. The process will start with students investigating and discovering interesting details of architecture, surfaces, and spaces by photo documentation and photojournalism. They will have the choice to go out and take photographs or use images they find online. Next, they will create a visual work of art that they can superimpose onto the photo that they have selected. Students are encouraged to think outside of the box and use various materials while communicating a clear concept in this phase. We will go over the steps to accomplish this multilayered technique and present our Digital Murals in a Virtual Gallery.

Harris Wheeler
The Fundamental Experimental: Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Short Fiction Creative Writing, Language Arts, Foreign Language

In this class, students will explore the fundamental components of Creative Writing such as ideation/inspiration, generating/free writing, project development/focus, editing/revision, all through a conceptual and experimental lens. Students will enter into a mode of self-discovery through their writing. Throughout the class, students will have the opportunity to choose from several presented creative writing prompts for each component or come up with their own if they please. Students will consider the writing process as an outlet and be encouraged to trust their unique voice. They will gain inspiration from within themselves and absorb it from their surroundings. The class allows students to employ both technical and conceptual skills when generating writing. Students will be provided with resources for inspiration from all different genres and voices. There will be an emphasis on the availability and abundance of language as a material. Hence, students know they can engage in writing when called to do so, wherever they may be.

Simone Yael
Creative Reuse in Design
Design, Innovation, and Experimentation

In this course, creators will reimagine materials around them in adaptive, innovative, and relevant ways. We will infuse discussions on popular &am; social media, fashion, industrial design, architecture, and the world. As a final project, students will construct a community look book of their design work prompted and inspired by current life. Students will explore how to build designed-based reuse creations. Such as wearable fashion, industrial design, architecture, and inventions. Students can contribute their work to a Community Exhibition in May 2021 at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.


Take this course if you're interested in exploring graphic design, screen printing, athletic wear design, architecture, industrial design, "Pop" culture, Virgil ABLOH, Yeezy, Basquiat, Rihanna, Solange, Drake, Athleticwear Design, Architecture, Pinterest, Instagram, and International Fashion.

Amanda Hudson
A Day in the Life
2D Art, Drawing, Collage

Using drawing and collage methods, students will accumulate and compose an artwork that states, "I was here." Students in this course will document their daily lives, explore their imagination, and create work inspired by the small things. We'll challenge ourselves to be conscious of our lives' elements we document daily and learn to recognize where we see art, whether in contrast, line, harmony, shape, or color. We'll use these elements to create a visual piece that reflects who and where we are. For me, I will be focusing on urban landscapes, hidden alleyways, and fire escapes. No two pieces will look the same, as we all have different lives and inspirations. My goal is to work with students to create a unique glimpse into their lives through their personal and artistic creations.

Something I find super important in my art practice is just that. The practice of it. Starting something, then reworking it, cutting, pasting, and scratching things out. Drawing over top of something I thought was finished and so on. My art practice doesn't begin when I step foot in my studio. It starts when I wake up. Depending on what I do that day will directly affect what my work will look like when I do step into my studio. I like to document things that make me pause and look—moments where I can forget about my stressors and openly observe. I bring those experiences into my art practice in a visual way that makes multiple moments cohesive as one piece. That's how my life is anyway. One. Not separate. Cohesive. All existing together. Sometimes in harmony, sometimes in conflict, but together all the same.

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Additional School Programs

AAC CE creates visual art opportunities not found during the typical school day in the form of in-school or after-school Art Club: SmartArt, Art Foundations, Applied Arts, and Family Art Nights to educators and administrators.

Visits are affordable and open to any Greater Cincinnati classroom grades 1-12!

After School Programming Services:

#1 SmartArt: Art Integration (grades 1-12)
SmartArt academic integrated art curriculum is designed to address visual thinking, enforce academics, visual art fundamentals, the history of art and its masters, and art of various cultures with hands-on art-making, drawing, painting, sculpting, designing, and animation techniques. SmartArt utilizes this multi-disciplinary approach to enhance student learning & tackle curriculum standards to increase engagement with academic subject matter and to provide a deeper understanding of academics. SmartArt programming is offered as an in-class visit or as an After School program.

#2 Art Foundations (grades 1-12)
Award-winning curriculum bursting with a variety of artistic media seldom found in a typical art class, this survey of art fundamentals will keep the interest of experienced and beginner art-makers alike.

#3 Applied Arts (grades 7-12)
The enrichment focused Applied Arts program is designed for high school grades 7-12, and focuses on visual thinking, visual art fundamentals, the history of art and its masters as well as applied visual arts as they integrate with business and commerce today. This program will enlighten and inspire art makers and art lovers, beginners and advanced. Additional focus on portfolio preparation is available for those who wish to get guidance on how to put together a portfolio and continue their visual art education in an institution of higher learning.

#4 Family Art Night
Activities where parents and their children can participate side-by-side in a creative, safe space together aids in parent involvement, family attachment and student achievement. This weekly, monthly or quarterly program provides art-making activities for folks of all ages exploring topics like "diversity", "home", "universal love", and "belonging".