Educators' Guides

Art21 produces free, 32-page Educators' Guides to accompany each season of the PBS broadcast series, Art in the Twenty-First Century, and other Art21 films. Guides provide background information about featured artists and themes and are designed for use in a wide range of cultural and educational institutions, including schools, museums, galleries, teacher-training programs, and community-based programs. Educators' Guides are designed for use in conjunction with the Art in the Twenty-First Century series as well as additional Art21 films and online resources.

Educators' Guides support the use of contemporary art in classroom and community settings by empowering educators to explore the artists, ideas, and themes being explored in art today, and encouraging them to interpret these ideas for individual student needs. The Educators Guide and additional online content introduce opportunities for critical thinking and creative problem-solving relevant to middle-school, high-school, and college students. The content can be easily adapted for younger or older groups. Guides include additional information about each of the artists, as well as Before Viewing, During Viewing, and After Viewing questions and suggestions for hands-on activities. These suggestions are interdisciplinary and support various subject areas, including the Visual and Performing Arts, Language Arts, and Social Studies.

Viewing the Art21 Programs
The broadcast series Art in the Twenty-First Century is available for download to own from iTunes and on DVD from ShopPBS, Davis Publications, and other online distributors. Full episodes and individual artist segments are also available to stream from the Film and Artist pages throughout art21.org.

"Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season Six Educators' Guide
Themes: Change, Boundaries, History, and Balance
Artists: Ai Weiwei, assume vivid astro focus, Catherine Opie, Charles Atlas, David Altmejd, El Anatsui, Glenn Ligon, Lynda Benglis, Marina Abramović, Mary Reid Kelley, Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold, Sarah Sze, Tabaimo

"William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible" Educators' Guide and Screening Companion
Accompanies the 1-hour film and offers suggestions for facilitating discussions and activities, in addition to screening the film with classroom and community audiences.

"Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season Five Educators' Guide
Themes: Compassion, Fantasy, Systems, and Transformation
Artists: John Baldessari, Cao Fei, Mary Heilmann, William Kentridge, Kimsooja, Jeff Koons, Florian Maier-Aichen, Paul McCarthy, Allan McCollum, Julie Mehretu, Doris Salcedo, Cindy Sherman, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Carrie Mae Weems

"Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season Four Educators' Guide
Themes: Ecology, Paradox, Protest, and Romance
Artists: Robert Adams, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Mark Bradford, Mark Dion, Jenny Holzer, Pierre Huyghe, Alfredo Jaar, An-My Lê, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Judy Pfaff, Lari Pittman, Robert Ryman, Laurie Simmons, Nancy Spero, Catherine Sullivan, Ursula von Rydingsvard

"Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season Three Educators' Guide
Themes: Memory, Play, Power, and Structures
Artists: Laylah Ali, Ida Applebroog, Ellen Gallagher, Cai Guo-Qiang, Arturo Herrera, Oliver Herring, Roni Horn, Teresa Hubbard & Alexander Birchler, Mike Kelley, Josiah McElheny, Matthew Ritchie, Susan Rothenberg, Jessica Stockholder, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Richard Tuttle, Fred Wilson, Krzysztof Wodiczko

"Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season Two Educators' Guide
Themes: Humor, Loss and Desire, Stories, and Time

Artists: Eleanor Antin, Janine Antoni, Charles Atlas, Vija Celmins, Walton Ford, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Tim Hawkinson, Elizabeth Murray, Gabriel Orozco, Raymond Pettibon, Paul Pfeiffer, Martin Puryear, Collier Schorr, Kiki Smith, Do-Ho Suh, Kara Walker

"Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season One Educators' Guide
Themes: Consumption, Identity, Place, and Spirituality
Artists: Laurie Anderson, Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois, Michael Ray Charles, Mel Chin, John Feodorov, Ann Hamilton, Margaret Kilgallen, Beryl Korot, Barbara Kruger, Maya Lin, Sally Mann, Kerry James Marshall, Barry McGee, Bruce Nauman, Pepón Osorio, Richard Serra, Shahzia Sikander, James Turrell, William Wegman, Andrea Zittel