Contemporary Curriculum

Our students develop lesson plans inspired by student interest, contemporary art, and social justice. Luther art educators prepare to work with diverse learners from varied backgrounds.

Our students present original lesson plans at the Art Educators of Iowa conference, or the National Art Education Conference.

Infusing Contemporary Art in the K-12 Curriculum

Art teachers will leave the conference empowered to bring contemporary art into their K-12 lessons. Our art educators meet the standards and are relevant by incorporating “Art of the Now” into their lesson plans. Two Luther art educators present their original lesson plans at each conference.

The Compassion Project: A Collaboration and Investigation with Community, Contemporary Art and Pre-service Practice  

Our students are able to work on a semester-long project between Luther students and Decorah middle schoolers. Inspired by a Decorah district-wide exploration of “Compassion” as a theme, this project is part of our curriculum. Our students present their lesson plans explored throughout various phases the project.

Examples of Lesson Plans

Below are some lessons by current Luther pre-service art educators or recent alumni. 

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