Civic Art Projects
Art can be a powerful form of civic communication. Use these cross-curricular lessons to explore civic identity and expression with your students.
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From Her Beacon
A Civic Art Lesson by Mr. James Hobin This lesson from Mr. Hobin explores color blending and shading and invites students to reflect on the Statue of Liberty as a powerful symbol of immigration in the United States. Tiles created by individual students contribute to a collective expression of world-wide welcome. The Institute proudly displays an eight-panel version of the From Her Beacon mural, created by over 150 Boston International Newcomers Academy students, in its upper gallery.
Notes on the Constitution
A Civic Art Lesson by Mr. James Hobin This lesson from Mr. Hobin encourages students to closely examine the language for the United States Constitution, identify themes, and make personal connections. Students create an artistic interpretation highlighting the resonant text using watercolor, marker, or colored pencils.
Review our array of teaching resources. Included Templates:
- Notes on the Constitution 8.5x11 Landscape Template AA
- Notes on the Constitution 8.5x11 Landscape Template BB
- Notes on the Constitution 8.5x11 Portrait Template
- Notes on the Constitution 11x17 Template
- Notes on the Constitution 12x18 Template
Civic Art Lessons from the Kennedy Institute
These lessons connect to two past projects at the Kennedy Institute. We encourage you to carry on these projects in your school and community as opportunities to encourage students to examine their civic voices and identify their expectations of our civic leaders.
Considering Leadership: A Political Poster Project
Your students can explore ideals of leadership with this political poster project that poses the questions:
Whether students decide to create an ideal candidate, highlight an important issue, or mount their own political campaign for elected office, this project is a great way to get students thinking about leadership, civic participation, and public service.Considering Leadership Lesson Plan
A Seat at the Table Project
“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”