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Teaching Resistance in South LA

Acknowledging our current political climate, it is important to guide our young people and move from dismay to creative action that can cause real, positive change in their community and our world. Teaching Resistance is an online google source for educators. You can find resources for lessons, readings and ideas ranging from topics such as food justice, immigration, anti- blackness, climate- change and more.

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Lessons, Guides + Resources

The following are a few guides ALL educators can use in their classrooms. the arts can be integrated in any subject!

These resources vary from Do now's + exit tickets to technology + art usage in the classroom. 

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See | Think| Wonder

Visible thinking, Harvard project zero

Visible Thinking began as an initiative to develop a research-based approach to teaching thinking dispositions. The approach emphasized three core practices: thinking routines, the documentation of student thinking, and reflective professional practice. It was originally developed at Lemshaga Akademi in Sweden as part of the Innovating with Intelligence project, and focused on developing students' thinking dispositions in such areas as truth-seeking, understanding, fairness, and imagination. It has since expanded its focus to include an emphasis on thinking through art and the role of cultural forces and has informed the development of other Project Zero Visible Thinking initiatives, including Artful Thinking, and Cultures of Thinking. This is a great "Do Now" Activity, it only requires between 5-7 minutes.


Using technology in the classroom is really fun for students. Even learning to google a name of an artist can be life changing and can be embedded in the memory of a person for a life-time.

Here are some apps, that are free on both Apple and Android Users. *Please note this will gradually grow

Daily Art: Really Fun for Art History, the App gives you a new piece everyday to study/ learn about. Makes Classical art accessible, user friendly.

FiftyThree: We believe people need space to create. But in the attention economy, noise and distractions are eroding that space. Our name originates from the 53 centimeters that connect head, heart, and hand—the personal canvas for creation. 



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Token Response

An art game, kind of "old school" but fun! Students respond to artworks instantaneously. The purpose is for students to develop constructive responses to work and back up their claims. So instead of saying " I like it" students are encouraged to give reasons why they like a piece, why they believe it took long to make, why they think the concept of the work is great, but perhaps does not have good craftsmanship. This is a great way to introduce students into critiques or a great exit ticket to get students to review at the end of class.

The Game essentially goes as follows:

  • Students get one of each icons.

  • After sufficient time is allowed for placing cards and recording responses on sheet, walk around and make observations about card placement from the group – without giving reasons (that will come later).

  • Go back and discuss why each person made their card placement decisions. 6. Spend some time sharing information about the art and artist.


Founded in 1995, Visual Thinking Strategies is a research-based education nonprofit that provides a teaching methodology, a developmentally appropriate image curriculum, and a learner-centered professional development program. VTS cultivates an evolving, global community of practitioners in schools, museums, and beyond.


for our parents | guardians | aunties + uncles | grandparents | cousins

if i could tell you how many times a proud family member has told me about how their child loves to draw and they don’t know where they got that from. i always want to say, well, they got it from you. whether it is cooking, construction work, when you dress in the morning, when you apply make up, if you enjoy sewing, writing or gardening. we all create in our own way.

art can be a little frightening when it appears to be unfamiliar, however there are many activities that you can engage with any member of your family. the activities can be especially informative and beneficial for young children. the best part? you can use what you have at home!

Here are some suggestions to get you and your family going.


Use the resources you have

If you have little ones:

  • Basic 99 cent store items are actually super helpful!

    • Crayons

    • Tempera Paint (also washable)

    • Brushes

    • Construction Paper

  • Recycle household items

    • Toilet paper rolls

    • Foil

    • Paper plates

    • Straws etc.

    • Popsicle sticks

    • Q- Tips

  • Youtube Videos

    • "How to draw" Videos are super fun and engaging for kids

    • Dance Videos

  • Art History Kids Is a great resource for busy parents and families, if the $19 a/mo is right for you. Each month you get to explore a different famous artist with your kids, introduce them to important art history ideas, and invite them to create some amazing open ended art of their own... and all of the research is done for you!

  • Personally, I think books by Keri Smith are really cool! Used copies are relatively cheap and range between $5 - $13.

  • The world around you!

    • Your block- With the little ones! Explore Shapes, Colors and Forms around your block i.e Houses, Apartments, Telephone Poles, Trees + more!

    • Your local grocery store

    • The laundromat

get Inspired by what is around you.


Where you can buy art supplies

Blick's Art Supply


Michaels Arts and Crafts

Artist and Craftsman Supply

Raw Materials Art


99 Cent Stores


If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!