Welcome to ThinkLink!

ThinkLink is our new online platform emphasizing global learning from home, designed for educators and students worldwide.

Resources include:

  • Original lessons: culturally rich educational activities.
  • Art from Home: a worldwide call for student art illustrating what they are thinking and feeling as we stay at home.
  • “Meet the Artist” videos: ArtLink students from around the world share the stories behind their original art pieces.
  • “Spotlight On” videos: ArtLink students from around the world sharing moments in their lives.
  • Additional resources: curated links to supplementary materials, both informative and fun!

Resources

Lessons

Our Environmental Concerns

For students ages 9-13

This lesson features art pieces from young artists from Russia, Spain, England, Mexico, and Turkey that show their concerns for the present and future condition of the environment.

You will explore their artwork, learn about their ideas on things that can be done to preserve the environment, and test your knowledge by answering questions about the pieces.

You will also be asked to think about what you can do to help protect the environment.

Take a look at this video of a free afternoon after school for RainForest ArtLink students in Macanché, Guatemala, located in the Mayan Biosphere Reserve Buffer Zone.

Then test your knowledge by answering questions about the students featured in the video and the area where they live.

Our Celebrations & Our Environment

For students ages 9-13

This lesson features art pieces from young artists from China, India, Japan, Latvia, and Sri Lanka that show the cultural celebrations they enjoy and how these celebrations are impacted by their environment.

You will explore their artwork, learn what they are doing to protect that environment, and test your knowledge by answering questions about the pieces.

You will also be asked to think about how your celebrations are impacted by the natural environment.

My Family & My Environment

For students ages 9-13

This lesson features art pieces from young artists from Kenya, Cyprus, Gambia, Guatemala, and Uganda that show the importance of their families and how family members interact with their outdoor environment.

You will explore their artwork, learn what they are doing to protect that environment, and test your knowledge by answering questions about the pieces.

You will also be asked to think about how your family and culture interact with the natural environment.

Maíz (Corn): A Staple Crop in the Americas

For students ages 9-14

We invite you to explore Mesoamerica, one of the regions where our ArtLink partners live. Enjoy learning from and meeting the students as they share aspects of their culture in detail.

See their artwork, watch their videos and begin to understand the importance of Maíz.

Maíz is an essential food that is central to the culture of millions of people around the world.

In this lesson, you will learn how rural communities in Guatemala grow this crop in their backyards and how Maíz is an important cultural asset deeply intertwined with their environment.

Instructions:

Map of Mesoamerica

  • Select this link to access the lesson. Read the introduction and click on the “Start Maíz Lesson” button.
  • Watch the video on the mythology and historical importance of Maíz.
  • Locate on the map Mesoamerica and Guatemala, the rainforest region of Petén, and the Mayan archaeological site of Tikal.
  • Explore the seven pieces of art created by Guatemalan students and watch the videos the produced on growing and using Maiz.
  • Evaluate your acquired knowledge by taking the final quiz.

Meet the Artists Videos

Title: Preserving Our Tradition
Artist: Manuel
Age: 9
Country: Guatemala

Learn more about this piece.

Title: Escaping from Home
Artist: Swabrina
Age: 14
Country: Uganda

Learn more about this piece.

Title: My Chicken Family
Artist: Sasha
Age: 13
Country: Russia

Learn more about this piece.

More videos to come soon!

Spotlight On Videos

ArtLink students from around the world sharing moments in their lives. And art exhibits featuring their art pieces.

Spotlight On:
What We Do After School In Our Free Time

Please note this video was filmed before the worldwide pandemic.

Questions to consider after watching this video:

  1. How do the students carry their books home from school?
  2. What are some of the things Alexa’s grandmother sells in her convenience store?
  3. What does Felippe and his friends like to do after school?
  4. What are the two main reasons Walter likes the lake?
  5. What questions would you like to ask the children in the video?
  6. Locate Macanché, Guatemala on the internet. What is the name of the lake the children are swimming in?
  7. This video was shot in around February 1st. From the video, what is the climate like? Is this different from the climate in your community? Why?
  8. Macanché is officially in the Mayan Biosphere Buffer Zone? What is an environmental buffer zone? Why are buffer zones important?

Spotlight On:
Highlights Art Show

Spotlight On:
Traditions Revealed Art Show

Art from Home

A call for students to participate in a timely worldwide art project from their homes.

COVID-19 has affected all of us around the world. We find ourselves at home, away from our daily routines, missing school and more importantly, away from friends, classmates, relatives, and members of our communities. For youth, while unsettling, it is a time that provides an opportunity to strengthen relations, rediscovering or creating new traditions with siblings and parents while staying positive, healthy and strong. 

Our goal is to help students reflect on what they are experiencing, to express their resiliency, creativity, and joys as they share their concerns and hopes together with their global peers.

You are invited!

Please join young artists from all over the world in creating pieces of art illustrating not only what you are doing, but also what you are thinking about now.

We invite you to capture the challenges you are going through and how you are feeling. Include things you are learning to be grateful for. We ask you to bring us right into your home, including thought-provoking details and cultural clues in your artwork.

We welcome submissions from teachers as well.

Once submitted, Creative Connections will select pieces for a special online international art exhibit, social media posts and montage videos seen by a worldwide audience.

Please submit your art by Friday, 22 May 2020. 

The submission form is available as a fillable PDF in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Enjoy some selections from our Art from Home initiative!

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