I get many questions from parents asking about my curriculum, especially whether or not I teach The Masters. While I do have my favorite projects inspired by Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, and Rouault, I tend to favor the introduction of contemporary art in the form of current pop culture, illustrators and slightly less know artists like Fred Babb or Keith Haring.
Brainstorm for Lesson Ideas
When brainstorming new lessons, look to kid’s magazines (your public library has tons)for inspiration. Often, these magazines will have articles from kids on subjects you might never have thought about. One recent article on whales inspired my whale lesson for 4th grade. So think beyond Renoir and Degas and seek current inspirations that will inspire and excite your students!