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 have presented original lesson plans at the Art Educators of Iowa conference, or the National Art Education Association Conference.

Infusing Contemporary Art in the K-12 Curriculum

Luther art educators will leave the program empowered to bring contemporary art into their K-12 teaching. Our art educators meet the standards and are relevant by incorporating “Art of the Now” into their lesson plans.

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. 

Related Documents

  • Altered Beings Lesson Plan (283 KB PDF Document)
    Lesson plan by Cierra Buckner and Katherine Mathis.
  • Modern Fossils Lesson Plan (340 KB PDF Document)
    Lesson plan by Lars Johnson Inspired by Christopher Locke, Pompeii Artifacts and Ancient Fossils
  • Lesson plan by Lars Johnson Inspired by Marty Cooper and Disney Animators
  • Carry It With You (111 KB PDF Document)
    Lesson plan by Katie Mathis Inspired by “The Burning House” blog; Marco Zamora, a contemporary Los Angeles based artist; and The Things They Carried, a book by Tim O’Brien