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Screen image of a Zoom presentation with faces and kids's drawings
Screen image of a Zoom presentation with faces and kids's drawings
inStill Live

inStill Live: Art in Times of Change Overview

Live interactive sessions for students in grades 4-12.

How does it work?

  • Fill out the request form and we’ll get in touch to plan a date.
  • Connect with our educators in a test call to share more about your students and your experience goals.
  • During your virtual visit, students will work from individual devices in small groups with CSM educators. Whole class options are also available.
  • Art in Times of Change is designed to be 90-minutes long, and can be spread across multiple meeting sessions.

What will students do?

  • Build community with CSM educators and their small group.
  • Look closely at Clyfford Still’s artwork and share their interpretations aloud or in the chat.
  • Draw and write to reflect, express themselves, and connect with each other.
  • Consider why people create art and how art can be a tool during times of change.
  • Create their own artwork or other form of expression to explore their current experiences.

Big Idea

Meeting change is part of the human experience, and change can come in many forms. Throughout time, people have used art to respond in moments of change. The processes of creating, sharing, and interpreting artwork can be powerful tools to support us in understanding, connecting, and acting during times of change.

Essential Questions

  • What is “change”? How do I experience change?
  • How can artists respond in times of change?
  • How can I use art during times of change?

Experience Goals

  • I can reflect on my experiences with change.
  • I can consider the roles of art and artists during times of change.
  • I can use art as a tool to respond to change.
  • I can connect with myself, my peers, or educators.

While Art in Times of Change is designed to be 90 minutes long, we know every schedule is different and can spread the lesson across multiple sessions to accommodate your class time.

90 minutes: 1 session

  • Community building.
  • Introducing the Clyfford Still Museum, the big idea, & essential questions.
  • Looking at Still’s art, discussing, and reflecting to define change and changes people experience.
  • Experimenting with using art to communicate about my experiences of change.
  • Looking again at Still’s art to make inferences about why people create and how we can respond during times of change.
  • Work time to plan and begin artwork, performance, music, or writing about my experiences.
  • Sharing my art and my intentions.
  • Debrief and reflect about the session.

45 minutes: 2 sessions

Session 1:

  • Community building.
  • Introducing the Clyfford Still Museum, the big idea, & essential questions.
  • Looking at Still’s art, discussing, and reflecting to define change and changes people experience.
  • Experimenting with using art to communicate about my experiences of change.

Session 2:

  • Looking again at Still’s art to make inferences about why people create and how we can respond during times of change.
  • Work time to plan and develop my artwork.
  • Work time to plan and begin artwork, performance, music, or writing about my experiences.
  • Sharing my art and my intentions.
  • Debrief and reflect about the sessions.

30 Minutes: 3 Sessions

Session 1:

  • Community building.
  • Introducing the Clyfford Still Museum, the big idea, & essential questions .
  • Looking at Still’s art, discussing, and reflecting to define change and changes people experience.

Session 2:

  • Experimenting with using art to communicate about my experiences of change.
  • Looking again at Still’s art to make inferences about why people create and how we can respond during times of change.
  • Begin planning my artwork.

Session 3:

  • Work time to continue developing artwork, performance, music, or writing about my experiences.
  • Sharing my art and my intentions.
  • Debrief and reflect about the sessions.

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