Social studies students are learning about the Civil War through art, as well as benefiting from the incorporation of history and literature into the lessons.
It is a battlefield for the mind in one classroom, where three painted backdrops show abstract scenes of fighting and loss.
The creator of the panels is art teacher Doug Depice. “I deliberately kept the painted images general to make it easier to make analogies between the civil war and the violent protests in Baltimore or in Ferguson,” he said. “These are all different places but the story of violence is the same, whether it is the Civil War of the 19th century or the civil unrest in the 21st century. I made these pieces to help the students think about the psychological and social roots of violence.”
Social studies teachers agree that the immersive classroom atmosphere engages the students emotionally, making their learning experience more complete.