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January 26, 2022

How This Drawing Class of an Artist Turned Art Teacher Went Viral

Ask Students: Who is profiled in this piece, and what is her background? What plan did Wendy MacNaughton come up with for teaching kids to draw?

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Summary

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.

Discussion Questions

  • 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?

Focus Questions

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?

Extension Activity

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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