Left Coast for Teachers Workshop

Libby Black, “Protest”, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8 x 6 inches.

Hi all,
Next week I am going to be leading a workshop on using political art as a teaching tool in conjunction with Left Coast: California Political Art at The James Gallery. I will be using many of the strategies that we have been discussing and practicing within the context of the exhibition!

Left Coast for Teachers
Apr 22, 2015, 5:00 pm
The James Gallery
The Graduate Center
The City University of New York

How can activist/political artwork be used as a teaching tool in the classroom? Join educator and PhD candidate Hallie Scott for a workshop on ways that teachers can use the works in Left Coast: California Political Art as catalysts for discussions of contemporary (or historic) political, social, and cultural issues and events. Although the workshop is centered on artworks currently on view, the tactics for employing political art as a pedagogical tool are meant to apply to topics beyond the show’s contents. In this sense, the program will address how artworks can connect to contemporary events and reveal challenges to the present political and social order. The workshop is geared towards teachers at the undergraduate and high school level, but participants may be anyone interested in using political artwork as a teaching tool.


  1. Hallie,

    This looks awesome–I’m there! I’d love to do something similar in the music classroom, so I’m excited to hear what kinds of conversations these artworks have sparked in your teaching.

  2. How wonderful, Hallie! I saw your name on the event calendar in the elevator and have been meaning to ask you for more details. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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