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Curious about ways to integrate art across school curricula? Interested in teacher professional development opportunities? Want to know what benefits are available to Illinois educators? Come visit us at the Crown Educator Resource Center! Friday, Saturday and Sunday- please call to make an appointment to visit during off hours

The Crown Family Educator Resource Center, located in the Ryan Education Center, is a destination for teachers, librarians, parents, and educators of all kinds. Supporting arts integration across school curricula and interactive museum learning, the Crown Resource Center is a reference library with art history and art-making resources, exhibition catalogues, gallery activities, interdisciplinary lesson plans, research files, teacher manuals, and videos/DVDs; many relate directly to the Art Institute's collection and a selection of items in the library is available for loan. Patrons may use the library and computer stations to conduct research or consult with museum staff to plan lessons. Find us also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AICForTeachers

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Artful EncountersWe've launched a new video series for students and educators! Take a deep dive into artworks, classroom...
03/16/2021
Artful Encounters: Short and Informative Videos for Educators and Students | The Art Institute of Chicago

Artful Encounters

We've launched a new video series for students and educators! Take a deep dive into artworks, classroom activities, and more with these short videos developed by the Art Institute’s educators.

Explore––https://www.artic.edu/collection/resources/educator-resources/121-artful-encounters-short-and-informative-videos-for-educators-and-students

Take a deep dive into artworks, classroom activities, and more with these short videos developed by the Art Institute's educators.

New Resource!Explore chocolate, ceramics, and colonialism in 18th-century Mexico with this new educator resource. Focusi...
03/04/2021
Lesson Plan: Chocolate, Ceramics, and Colonialism in Eighteenth-Century Mexico | The Art Institute of Chicago

New Resource!

Explore chocolate, ceramics, and colonialism in 18th-century Mexico with this new educator resource. Focusing on a single work of art from the museum’s global collection, this lesson plan provides sequential activities and extensions that activate students’ critical and creative thinking skills.

Explore–https://www.artic.edu/collection/resources/educator-resources/117-lesson-plan-chocolate-ceramics-and-colonialism-in-eighteenth-century-mexico

This lesson plan focuses on a single work of art from the museum’s global collection and provides sequential activities and extensions that activate students’ critical and creative thinking skills.

The museum is open once again. Free admission is available to current Illinois educators every day the museum is open. R...
03/03/2021
Educator Admission Request | The Art Institute of Chicago

The museum is open once again. Free admission is available to current Illinois educators every day the museum is open. Register to receive a voucher for complimentary entry to the museum. Be sure to view our new visiting policies before your visit!

Register–https://www.artic.edu/educators/visit-on-my-own/educator-admission-request
Visiting Policies–https://www.artic.edu/visit

Educator Admission Request Learn with Us  › Educators  › Visit on My Own Share Free admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is available to current Illinois educators, including pre-K–12 teachers, teaching artists working in schools, and homeschool parents. Educators can register here to...

Thinking Prompt: Redefining Self Image Frederick Douglass escaped slavery to become a noted writer, orator, and abolitio...
03/01/2021

Thinking Prompt: Redefining Self Image

Frederick Douglass escaped slavery to become a noted writer, orator, and abolitionist. He was also a brilliant manager of his public image who knew that this picture–one of an astonishing number that he commissioned or posed for looking handsome, determined, and accomplished–might influence others involved in the movement to end slavery. If you had command over your own image, what would you like to show?

Exercise: Use a camera to stage your own self-portrait. Think about your facial expression, body language, and what clothes you might wear. Share your image with the class and discuss why you chose to portray yourself in that way.

Explore–https://www.artic.edu/artworks/145681/frederick-douglass

Art and IntrospectionIn "Ego Painting," artist and activist Faith Ringgold integrates text and composition to address bl...
02/26/2021

Art and Introspection

In "Ego Painting," artist and activist Faith Ringgold integrates text and composition to address blackness as both a color and a precarious social identity. What factors shape our identities? What dilemmas arise when others view us differently than we view ourselves?

Explore–https://www.artic.edu/artworks/244905/black-light-series-7-ego-painting

Art and Self-Care: The Beauty of ChangeThese screens were made by Japanese artist Okura Jiro in collaboration with the M...
02/19/2021

Art and Self-Care: The Beauty of Change

These screens were made by Japanese artist Okura Jiro in collaboration with the Mountain Lake Workshop in Virginia. They were installed outdoors with the intention that, over time, bits of the gold leaf will fall away and the wood will return to its natural state. The screens serve as a reminder of the inevitable power of change in nature and the beauty therein. With this perspective, write or talk to a friend about the beauty you experienced today in some form of change, small or large.

Explore–https://www.artic.edu/artworks/185359/from-the-mountain-lake-screen-tachi-series

Art + Language: Word BankingWord banks are a great tool for helping you improve your vocabulary, spelling, and creative ...
02/18/2021
Art + Language: Word Banking I | The Art Institute of Chicago

Art + Language: Word Banking

Word banks are a great tool for helping you improve your vocabulary, spelling, and creative writing skills. This activity is designed to help you make connections between words and images.

Explore–https://www.artic.edu/collection/resources/educator-resources/115-art-language-word-banking-i

Word banks are a great tool for helping you improve your vocabulary, spelling, and creative writing skills. This activity is designed to help you make connections between words and images.

Teaching Idea: How do we make sense of a Strange World? "Strange Worlds" by Todros Geller explores important concepts su...
02/17/2021
Strange Worlds – Smarthistory

Teaching Idea: How do we make sense of a Strange World?

"Strange Worlds" by Todros Geller explores important concepts such as immigration and identity in early twentieth-century America. Watch the Smarthistory video (below) to uncover the struggles behind mass migration and what it took to maintain cultural identity in America. Consider parallels with debates about belonging and identity in our society today. What do you think Geller meant with the title "Strange Worlds" in 1928 and what meaning might it hold for our experiences in 2021?

Watch–https://smarthistory.org/seeing-america-2/geller-strange-worlds-2/

Geller captures the tensions of the Jewish immigrant experience in the early 20th-century United States.

Celebrating the Lunar New YearWhether you were born in the year of the ox or not, the Lunar New Year festival is a time ...
02/12/2021

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

Whether you were born in the year of the ox or not, the Lunar New Year festival is a time to celebrate the love of family and the grace of the past year, and a time to make wishes for the coming year. Perhaps we can all benefit from these bullish qualities—strength, diligence, patience, and stubbornness—to help us overcome obstacles and ensure the new year is one we can all celebrate at its end.

Learn more––https://www.artic.edu/articles/905/celebrating-the-year-of-the-ox

Teaching Idea: Composite AnimalsMuch can be learned about a culture and the way they view the world by studying the imag...
02/05/2021

Teaching Idea: Composite Animals

Much can be learned about a culture and the way they view the world by studying the images they create. Many artworks from various cultures depict imaginary creatures made from a composite of animals. These creatures often have symbolic meanings and represent admired traits, powers, and skills in humans. Use the activity below to create your very own composite animal!

Explore–https://www.artic.edu/collection/resources/educator-resources/88-student-activity-composite-animals

Creative Writing Prompt: Travel AssignmentImagine that you are a writer for a travel magazine. The editor assigns you to...
02/04/2021

Creative Writing Prompt: Travel Assignment

Imagine that you are a writer for a travel magazine. The editor assigns you to go to Japan and write a report based on your experiences at the cherry blossom viewing festival. Step into the screen and write about what you see, feel, smell, and hear. Where would you want to go? What would you want to see?

Explore–https://www.artic.edu/artworks/127644/autumn-maples-with-poem-slips

02/03/2021
Pablo Picasso's Old Guitarist | Art Institute Essentials Tour

"Painting is stronger than I am; it makes me do what it wants." -Pablo Picasso

Even at an early age, Picasso demonstrated signs of great artistic ability. He continually looked for new ways to express himself, never staying with one particular style or idea for very long. The period immediately following a friend's death is referred to as the Blue Period (1901–1904), which reflected his introspective mood and somber nature. Explore Picasso's "Blue Guitarist" to learn more about his life as an artist. If you could choose a color to describe this moment in your life, what would it be?

Explore–https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=109&v=SsRldh2cgVY&feature=emb_logo

On this episode of Art Institute Essentials Tour, take a closer look at The Old Guitarist, painted by Pablo Picasso between late 1903 and early 1904.In the p...

Art and IntrospectionRichmond Barthé created compelling works of art that emphasize the expressive potential of the body...
01/29/2021

Art and Introspection

Richmond Barthé created compelling works of art that emphasize the expressive potential of the body's physiognomy, pose, and movement. Inspired by the famed Cuban featherweight, "Kid Chocolate," Barthé modeled "The Boxer" after his immense strength and delicacy. When does your body feel at its best?

Explore–https://www.artic.edu/artworks/62452/the-boxer

Classroom ConversationsThe following prompts were designed to further support positive and productive classroom conversa...
01/28/2021

Classroom Conversations

The following prompts were designed to further support positive and productive classroom conversations and push students to support and reflect on their thinking. Using the artwork below, start a meaningful conversation with your class with the following prompts. For additional facilitation help, click on the resource below.

Prompts:
What do you observe in the work that makes you think that?
Can you think of examples of this in other texts/works of art?
Does this relate to something in real life/your own life?

Response starters:
In the work of art I see…
I think this because...
An example of this from my life is...

Resource–https://www.artic.edu/collection/resources/educator-resources/99-tips-for-discussing-works-of-art

Artwork–https://www.artic.edu/artworks/80062/edtaonisl-ecclesiastic

Visit the Thorne RoomsTake a peek inside the museum's beloved Thorne Miniature Rooms. With these interiors, Narcissa Nib...
01/27/2021
Thorne Room Videos: Short But Informative Peeks into Three Tiny Rooms | The Art Institute of Chicago

Visit the Thorne Rooms

Take a peek inside the museum's beloved Thorne Miniature Rooms. With these interiors, Narcissa Niblack Thorne wanted to present a visual history of interior design that was both accurate and inspiring. The result is two parts fantasy, one part history, perfect for engaging students.

Explore––https://www.artic.edu/collection/resources/educator-resources/112-thorne-room-videos-short-but-informative-peeks-into-three-tiny-rooms

Take a journey into the museum's beloved Thorne Miniature Rooms.

Art and Self-Care: PlayPlay empowers people to be flexible thinkers, try new things, and challenge their creativity. Fre...
01/22/2021

Art and Self-Care: Play

Play empowers people to be flexible thinkers, try new things, and challenge their creativity. Free-flowing fun unleashes our imagination and relieves us from our everyday stressors. Try turning your chores into play, engaging in a favorite sport or board game, or even buying a coloring book. Whatever the activity may be, find ways to add more playfulness into your life or your classroom.

Explore–https://www.artic.edu/artworks/126981/gaming-set
https://www.artic.edu/artworks/154291/medusa-marinara
https://www.artic.edu/artworks/220272/golden-wings-brushing-the-clouds-incarnated-from-earthly-wide-star-chikatsusei-maunkinshi

Picture This: The Safety PatrolPairing the recently acquired quilt "The Safety Patrol" by Bisa Butler with a children’s ...
01/21/2021
Picture This: The Safety Patrol

Picture This: The Safety Patrol

Pairing the recently acquired quilt "The Safety Patrol" by Bisa Butler with a children’s picture book, senior educator Melissa Tanner guides families on an exploration of ideas of safety, connection, and how we use our bodies to express our feelings and values.

Watch– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnfv_v2Yzvw&t=567s

Families with young children (5 and under) are invited to tune into a new "Picture This." Pairing the recently acquired quilt "The Safety Patrol" by Bisa But...

Art + Self-Care: Winter Well-being It's officially winter and that means a new set of self-care routines and rituals. On...
01/15/2021

Art + Self-Care: Winter Well-being

It's officially winter and that means a new set of self-care routines and rituals. One of the best ways to self-care during the winter months is to focus on feeding your senses. Making sure you see, hear, taste, feel, and smell enriching things will help ease the challenges that come with winter. Try adding a few self-care practices to your calendar this month, such as burning a new scented candle, bookmarking a fun recipe to try, making a cup of tea, or wearing your most cozy socks.

Explore–https://www.artic.edu/artworks/34504/hot-water-pot
https://www.artic.edu/artworks/32192/americans-baking-bread-amerikajin-pan-wo-yaku-zu
https://www.artic.edu/artworks/100227/two-candles-zwei-kerzen

Thinking Prompt: Where do artists get ideas?Consider someone like Georgia O'Keeffe, an artist who collected shells, rock...
01/14/2021

Thinking Prompt: Where do artists get ideas?

Consider someone like Georgia O'Keeffe, an artist who collected shells, rocks, leaves, and bones. These objects provided her with interesting shapes and textures, inspiring her to paint them frequently. Where do you get your ideas?

Explore–https://www.artic.edu/collection?q=georgia%20o%27keeffe

As educators we're always responding to the world around us. Our colleagues at Facing History and Ourselves produced thi...
01/14/2021
Responding to the Insurrection at the US Capitol

As educators we're always responding to the world around us. Our colleagues at Facing History and Ourselves produced this insightful resource to help educators unpack current events and difficult topics. We'd like to share the following resource to help you and your students process and reflect on the insurrection at the US Capitol.

Learn more––https://www.facinghistory.org/educator-resources/current-events/responding-insurrection-us-capitol

This Teaching Idea is designed to help guide an initial classroom reflection on the insurrection at the US Capitol that occurred on January 6, 2021.

Teaching Idea: Color Poems Exploring the colors in an artwork can be an effective way of thinking about artists' choices...
01/13/2021

Teaching Idea: Color Poems

Exploring the colors in an artwork can be an effective way of thinking about artists' choices. Here, intentional marks of color are essential to the art. Explore each piece by identifying and writing down as many colors as you can. As you come to the end of your list, you may find that certain colors resonate with you more. Choose five of these colors and add a descriptive word to each. As you build your poem, keep thinking about the artist’s process and intentions.

Example:
Black Popping
White Shining
Red Blinking
Grey Waving
Brown Standing

Explore–https://www.artic.edu/search/artworks?q=paperweights&page=1

01/11/2021
Bisa Butler: Portraits | Exhibition Stories

Bisa Butler creates arresting portraits—composed entirely of vibrantly colored and patterned fabrics—that reimagine and celebrate narratives of Black life. Learn more about her work through the Art Institute's Exhibition Stories. Explore this video with your students and consider the question: what purpose do portraits serve?

Watch–https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_4gD1K3mZA&feature=emb_logo

Corporate Sponsor, Allstate. Major funding for Bisa Butler: Portraits is contributed by the Cavigga Family Trust. Additional support is provided by The Joyce...

Creative Writing Activity: A Tale about ThingsPhilip Guston painted everyday objects like clocks and shoes as if they we...
01/07/2021

Creative Writing Activity: A Tale about Things

Philip Guston painted everyday objects like clocks and shoes as if they were characters in a narrative rather than inanimate objects in a still life. Think of two or three everyday objects you’d want to use to create a scene. What sort of personalities do they have? A book, for instance, might be intelligent but shy. Write a short story about these characters.

Explore–https://www.artic.edu/artworks/109692/green-sea

Spend some time with the icons of the Art Institute's collection. Pick your favorite artwork, grab your markers, and rec...
01/06/2021
Coloring Book Pages | The Art Institute of Chicago

Spend some time with the icons of the Art Institute's collection. Pick your favorite artwork, grab your markers, and recreate a timeless classic. This coloring book features artworks like "La Grande Jatte", "The Great Wave", "Nighthawks", and more!

Explore––https://www.artic.edu/visit-us-virtually/get-creative-at-home/coloring-book-pages

Spend some time with icons of the Art Institute’s collection with these these printable coloring pages featuring La Grande Jatte, Nighthawks, The Great Wave, and more. Pick your favorite to recreate, or put your own stamp on a timeless classic.

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