Art Effects is an innovative curriculum designed to bring about change in your classroom. Through art viewing and art production, students learn new skills to improve their perception of self, others, and critical life events. Our curriculum will teach you how the visual arts can become a powerful resource for mental and physical well-being in your students.


Who It's For

This curriculum is designed for national and international educators, administrators, artists, therapists and researchers interested in discovering new ways to help students acquire valuable non-verbal communication skills to aid them in their social interactions both in and out of the classroom.

Our Learning Objectives

  • Discover how contemporary art and artmaking can be utilized to inspire students with ASD, trauma and sensory processing disorders.
  • Employ a variety of instructional methods (e.g., creating, performing, reflecting) to help students read non-verbal clues, practice self-expression and build empathy.
  • Improve skills in diverse learners across five dimensions:

  1. Cognition and Metacognition
  2. Communication
  3. Motor Skills and Planning
  4. Social/Emotional Skills
  5. Creativity and Adaptability

Our History

For 10+ years I’ve served as the Associate Director of Learning at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During my tenure we launched a program called Art & Autism in collaboration with Lynda Abraham Braff at Wesley Spectrum Highland school in Pittsburgh, Pa. This curriculum uses the practice of Andy Warhol and contemporary artists to teach facial recognition skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since then, I’ve found that many students in today’s classrooms lack social skills due to their inability to interpret expression and read non-verbal cues. The lessons included in this curriculum have been implemented, and evaluated by museum staff and classroom teachers who work with students on the Autism Spectrum, have sensory processing disorders, or have experienced trauma.

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The Art Effects curriculum is available to subscribers only. If you are ready to sign up or want to learn more, please contact us and we’ll be in touch!

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