The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco puts the best of Asian art at teachers’ and students’ fingertips for use in the classroom or at home. Visitors to the museum’s website will find artworks, lessons and activities, background information, student-centered videos, and more. In an interactive on brush painting, for example, students use brushstroke techniques and dot patterns to copy the masters and create their own masterpieces. The free downloadable resources (PDFs) that accompany the activity include brushstroke vocabulary, instructions on how to hold a brush, directions on how to paint a lotus, as well as a teacher’s packet with information about brushstroke painting. Students can also view a time-lapse video of the making of this interactive.
A website of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Teaching About Refugees presents free and adaptable teaching materials on refugees, asylum, migration, and statelessness, as well as a section dedicated to professional development and guidance for elementary and secondary school teachers on including refugee children in their classes.
Learning through digital technology and video games can lead to more peaceful societies, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the educational arm of the United Nations. The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development has created two games aimed at teaching students about global citizenship and sustainable development.
Applications are now open for the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry’s Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition, the longest-running gallery of African American art in the nation. The museum is calling for adults and students to submit their work to be included among more than 100 pieces as part of the 50th annual celebration of Black Creativity.