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Artful Encounters: Short and Informative Videos for Educators and Students

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Take a deep dive into artworks, classroom activities, and more with these short videos developed by Art Institute educators.

Engage your students with Artful Encounters. Explore African American identity through Bisa Butler’s textiles, delve into questions of colonialism and trade with a chocolate jar, add moments of mindfulness to your day, and more! Each video is accompanied by additional resources to enhance learning and exploration.

Exploring Our Senses

Use your senses and imagination to step into a painting from the Art Institute of Chicago. This video is meant for students in grades 1–5.

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To learn more about this painting and other related artworks, explore:

ABSTRACTION AND EXPRESSION

Dive into an abstract landscape to explore colors, textures, and emotions. This video is meant for students in grades 1–5.

Abstraction Expression

To learn more about this painting and other related artworks, explore:

Strange Structures

Use your imagination and close-looking skills to explore this Surrealist artwork from the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection. This video is meant for students in grades 3–8. 

Strange Structures

To learn more about this artwork and related classroom activities, explore:

Haiku

Get your creative juices flowing by taking inspiration from this woodblock print from the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection and responding to the ever-changing world around us. This video is meant for students in grades 6–12. 

Haiku

To learn more about this artwork and related classroom activities, explore:

Converging Cultures

Explore how cultural encounters through colonialism and trade led to the creation of this unique work of art from the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection. This video is meant for students in grades 6–12.

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To learn more about this artwork and related classroom activities, explore:

Piecing It Together

Explore African American identity and culture through Bisa Butler’s vibrant artworks. This video is meant for students in grades 6–12.

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To learn more about Bisa Butler’s art practice, explore:

You may also want to view pieces in our collection by artists that Bisa Butler has said inspire her work. These include Faith Ringgold, Gordon Parks, Romare Bearden, and Barbara Jones-Hogu.

Mindful Moments

Mindful moments is a series of simple exercises designed to bring your attention to the present moment. Adding mindfulness to your day or into your classroom is a great way to support social and emotional well being and academic performance. This video features a short visualization exercise followed by a meditation practice to help you relax your body and mind. This video is meant for educators and students in grades 5–12.

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To learn more about this sculpture, other works of art depicting Buddha, and mindfulness explore:

Classroom Conversations

This video, meant for educators, explores a few tips and tricks for how to engage students in meaningful and productive conversations with works of art. We’ll uncover how to ask open ended questions, methods for creating a safe space, and ways to layer in relevant background information.

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For more information on how to use this method, visit this educator resource. 

To see more works by Charles White, explore the museum’s collection and delve into the exhibition Charles White: A Retrospective.

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