Students can learn about complex topics with Big Ideas for Little Kids, a freeonlinecurriculum that encourages students to inquire about the world. Developed by two social studies educators, the program uses picture books to cover subjects such as economics and the environment and includes high school students as mentors.
Plus: Philosophy @ the Virtual Art Museum is designed to foster philosophical discussions using works of art. Six units—ranging from portraits and landscapes to conceptual art and photography—feature three or four works of art in each. For each work, three to five questions assist students in articulating their response to the art. After they have discussed the questions for all the art pieces in a unit, students consider a series of philosophical questions based on issues raised by the works in that unit. These questions concern issues in a variety of different philosophical areas, such as the philosophy of mind and ethics, as well as the philosophy of art. The website is accessible in English, Spanish, Chinese, and other languages.
K–12 students are invited to take part in the 2018 Doodle 4 Googlecontest and create an uplifting doodle that tells the world “What inspires me.” From crayons to clay, graphics, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creations to life.
The intersection of mathematics and art holds out great potential for not just endless discoveries but deeply memorable creations. The Islamic artists of centuries past inspired the Iranian game developer Mahdi Bahrami, whose newest effort, Engare stands at the cross of mathematics, art, and technology.
After a debilitating accident, William Heard took up painting and founded Our Artworks, a community arts center in Tupelo, Mississippi, where people with disabilities can share the joy of creative expression.