How one artist’s viral virtual art class is helping kids around the world
January 23, 2022
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Individual ingenuity has become a hallmark of the pandemic with artists producing an array of creative in-person and virtual innovations. Special correspondent Cat Wise has the story of how one San Francisco artist stepped in to help out during the early days and soon found a new calling. This report is part of our art and culture series, CANVAS.
- Who is profiled in this piece, and what is her background?
- What plan did Wendy MacNaughton come up with for teaching kids to draw?
- Where did MacNaughton’s classes take place?
- How did students react to MacNaighton’s class? How many signed up?
- Why were MacNaughton’s classes so successful, according to this piece?
Do you think it’s possible to learn in a creative way online? If so, what do you think works best?
Media literacy: Why do you think the producers decided to make a story on remote learning now? Why was it meaningful or urgent in this moment?
Discuss: What do you think makes MacNaughton’s classes so successful? How do you think her approach could be used to make remote learning better in other subjects?
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