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Cultural Appropriation and Art

March 20 - May 26, 2023


Grade 10



Skills Learned:

Formal and contextual art analysis, Identifying art and its meaning and purpose,
exploration of different cultures and representation in art


Classtimes will be coordinated between the Lead Teacher and Partner Teacher

Session Length:

March 20 - May 26, 2023

Number of Sessions:



Course Program:

This class will give students an aesthetic tool kit to help them navigate these broad questions around art and culture. Utilizing a formal and contextual art analysis, we will look at different cultures/groups of people who have fought to preserve and maintain their history and culture through art. This course offers two tracks: A hands-on and project-based studio art track, and a more traditional classroom-based art track. In the hands-on studio track, students will work with tactile materials to produce art. In the classroom-based art track, students will experience more typical and discussion-based learning activities. A Partner Teacher who is interested in signing their students up for this course would have the liberty to express which track(s) they’d like to explore.

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Stephen Belyea

Stephen is a fine arts educator with over 30 years of experience in the classroom. He is currently the lead teacher for the art department at Cathedral High School in Boston. He believes that everyone can be creative and that art is an essential part of life. Art helps make us fully human, tells our story, and gives us all joy. As part of the curriculum he has developed at Cathedral, he brings students into the untold stories of artists from different backgrounds and cultures, showing their shared human connection. He has developed a project-based learning curriculum in the arts that helps students form a real-world application of the arts. Along with his teaching, Stephen is a member of Cathedral’s professional development team dealing with issues of anti-racism and equity.

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