by Kathleen Mills, Grade 7 Art Teacher – STEM Academy
Two days after school let out for the summer, I embarked on a journey of a lifetime….a month-long exploration of art and architecture in Europe. On July 27th I landed in Lisbon, Portugal. From there I worked my way East for a month and hit all sorts of places in Spain, Italy, Austria, and Czech Republic. Along the way, I recorded my journey through images of art and architecture I came across. And, using easily accessed technology, I shared my art explorations with my students.
During the school year, I had created a class Instagram account. I told my students that they were welcome to follow the account if they’d like. The purpose of the account was for students to see constant art inspiration – in hopes that it would act as inspiration not only in the classroom, but at home as well. Some posts were works of art done by professional artists while most were samples of current student artwork in the class. The students really enjoyed the class Instagram. It was was a great way to make sure they were easily and constantly exposed to new artworks, peer work, and often inspirational messages.