The Power of Public Art
Check out this chalk drawing by David Zinn, a world-renowned street artist who happens to live in my neighborhood. Think of all the ways you and your students could talk about it in the target language! At all levels, public art can be a superb source of learning and interaction, through things like
- describing it orally or in writing,
- inventing a backstory,
- discussing what constitutes art,
- learning about each other’s artistic skills or interests, and
- exploring the role of art in society and societal change.
And because there are street artists and performers everywhere, public art/performance is also a perfect entrée into other locations and cultural topics you want to talk about.
I’ve made three short videos sharing more public art and lots of ideas for using it to build linguistic skill, critical thinking, and cultural competence. The materials are FREE! Access them by clicking the image below or this link.
33 Low-Prep Strategies for less than $2 each!
Street Art and Pareidolia is part of a series of low-prep strategies that I share weekly, with videos and resources that usually cost $4-$15 per strategy because of all the work that goes into them. Bundled together, though, you can get ALL the strategies for $65—that’s less than $2.00 per strategy.
I can’t count the number of times I have thought, “I would gladly give $2 to have a go-to low-prep strategy this week.” I wish I had had access to a series like this, so I decided to make it for other people.