How do you engage boys in art? Research shows that boys engage with art if you use the following themes and ways of working. They are switched off by a limited diet of drawing, painting and writing about artists and engage with a broader curriculum. Design, sculpture, sporting artists, graffiti and risk-taking can all engage boys. Art teachers around the globe have found success with the following artists. Of course, this isn’t a solution – just a little piece of the jigsaw puzzle! Each image is hyperlinked to a website or google search.
Thank you to all the art teachers that have me collect together these artists. The artists below were also mentioned for engaging boys in art:
Michael Landy, Urs Fischer, Rudolf Stingel, Rachel Whitehead, Peter Doig, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Robin Rohde, Damien Hirst, Andy Goldsworthy, Caravaggio (for his delightful murderous ways) Terry Crews, Kehinde Wiley, Paul Bracq, Dali, Picasso, Game Designers, Jason Heuser, Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girls and Gorillaz) Ai Weiwei, Supreme, Huge (graffiti), Gaudi, Frank Lloyd Wright, Escher, Frazetta, Yves Klein, Conrad Jones, Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Takashi Murakami, Vanessa Beecroft, Nick Cave, Justin Bua, Frank Morrison, Alvin Burts, Marianne Brandt.
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