Lessons for Remote Learning

The following inquiry-based lessons include information on how to lead students in discussions about contemporary art, background about the featured artists, online video resources, and artmaking activities. Additionally, the grades K–2 and grades 3–5 lessons include guided play activities. We hope these lessons help inspire ideas about how to use contemporary artists in remote learning.

As always, feel free to contact School and Docent Programs Coordinator Lindsay Kranz at lkranz@buffaloakg.org if you have questions, or would like to brainstorm ideas.

Teaching Tips and Tools for Discussion

(Sound)Suit Up!

Grades K–2

Inspired by Nick Cave's Soundsuit Speak Louder, 2011

This Is My Homeland

Grades K–2

Inspired by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s Homeland, 2017

Where Will YOU Go?

Grades 3–5

Inspired by Chuck Tingley and Matt Grote's Public Art Initiative Project weego

Where the Wild Plants Are

Grades 3–5

Inspired by Louise Jones’s Public Art Initiative Project Wildflowers for Buffalo, 2018


Grades 6–8

Inspired by Njideka Akunyili Crosby's "The Beautyful Ones" Series #5, 2016

Optical Illusions

Grades 6–8

Inspired by Felipe Pantone’s Public Art Initiative Project Optichromie—BUF, 2019

Abstraction and Identity

Grades 9–12

Inspired by Mark Bradford’s Butch Queen, 2016

Exploring Identity

Grades 9–12

Inspired by Rashid Johnson’s Falling Man, 2015