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Socially Constructed Learning Through Art

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Language Arts And English +2 Age Levels High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

Visual art is a language that is socially and culturally constructed.  Socially constructed learning values diverse perspectives, engages with local and global experts, and employs inquiry, discovery and exploration to move students toward global citizenship.  Because the visual arts leverage the power of dialogue and debate to sharpen critical thinking, starting with the arts is a logical place to help students develop empathy for others while increasing their cultural intelligence.

This collection was created to support teachers and administrators who wish to better understand the various cultures in their schools.  Using both Project Zero's Global Thinking Routines and strategies from Amy E. Herman's Visual Intelligence book, participants will practice articulating cultural perspectives and communicating across differences using artwork and primary sources from the vast collections of the Smithsonian Learning Lab.  Participants will learn how to read a work of art, understand compositional hierarchy, and question what is missing.  The frameworks provided by Project Zero and Amy E. Herman will allow everyone, even those not accustomed to discussing art, a place from which to begin using art as a foundation for building culturally-responsive curriculum.

Participants will see museums as the cultural ambassadors that they are and ask whose culture is being represented and whose is missing and why.  Extending from this inquiry, participants will recognize the role schools play in nurturing and shaping the lives and identities of our students.

SCL & PZ GTR slide

Julie Sawyer

Global Competence Graph, Project Zero

Boix-Mansilla & Jackson, 2011

Step In–Step Out–Step Back: Project Zero Global Thinking Routine

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

SOB, SOB

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Think, Feel, Care: Project Zero Agency by Design Thinking Routine

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

The 3Ys: Project Zero Global Thinking Routine

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Shimomura Crossing the Delaware

National Portrait Gallery

Asian American Identity - Smithsonian Portraits of Encounter

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

Circles of Action: Project Zero Global Thinking Routine

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Diary: December 12, 1941

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Julie Sawyer

Santiago Matamoros

National Museum of American History

"Guerrilleros Mexicanos"

National Museum of American History