Monthly Archives: February 2012

What do Franz Kline and geology have in common?

By Ashley Weinard, NCMA Educator and Project Director, The Big Picture

Still wondering? Take a look at this post by middle school science teacher Jennifer Rogers and her related lesson plan on observation and geology.


What’s the Big Picture?

By Ashley Weinard, NCMA Educator and Project Director, The Big Picture
Wish your students would open their eyes and see the “big picture”? So do we. Thanks to a $2 million grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, the NCMA is now offering Big Picture workshops, Educator Expos, teaching fellowships, student exhibitions, and new online resources designed to help you use art to ignite learning across the disciplines. Are you ready to get involved? Check out our upcoming programs. It’s a new look to learning.

Mapping a Lesson Plan

By Ashley Weinard, NCMA Educator and Project Director, The Big Picture

Tired of that old lesson plan template? Use a concept map as a lesson planning tool! ArtNC’s Concept Explorer allows you to discover connections between classroom concepts and works of art. Generate your own map, or borrow another teacher’s ideas.

Need some inspiration? Take a look at how this teacher mapped ideas, added possible discussion questions, and identified good primary sources to use alongside the painting.

Why Art?

By Ashley Weinard, NCMA Educator and Project Director, The Big Picture
A principal describes how art shapes the next generation.

21st Century Leaders from The North Carolina Museum of Art on Vimeo.

The New ArtNC

By Ashley Weinard, NCMA Educator and Project Director, The Big Picture
Check out the new and improved ArtNC! This online teacher resource features all the NCMA resources you know and love, PLUS a host of innovations. You’ll find a larger selection of works of art, bigger and better images, and more information. You’ll also discover over 40 art-integrated lessons plans, all aligned to the new Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards. All of these classroom resources are searchable by concepts you teach in the classroom. (Do Environment, Place, Identity, Communication ring a bell?) The unique Concept Explorer tool will help you map relationships between those same concepts and NCMA works of art. Use your concept maps as lesson plans, or share them with colleagues and other ArtNC users. Best of all, store and organize your favorite images, lessons, programs, and concept maps in your own portfolio. Make ArtNC your hub for creative lesson planning.