Eileen Cave is an arts integration lead teacher and visual art specialist working in Prince George’s County, MD, providing instruction for grades Pre-K through 6. She received her M.Ed. in teacher leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park, and earned her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. In 2017, the Maryland Art Educators Association recognized her as the PGC Career Teacher of the Year.
Her consulting work for the Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council includes launching “Living Legacies.” This teacher training workshop series is held at local art museums and universities, and integrates the Social Justice framework. Eileen also manages a curriculum-based artist-in-residencies program in local schools.
Contact Eileen Cave at [email protected].
Gallery of Arts-Integrated Work
SCHOOL: Rosa L. Parks Elementary School
TEACHER: Eileen Cave
CLASSES: Discover Club (after school, Grades 3–6); Portfolio Portraits Grade 6
PRISM.K12 STRATEGIES: Identify, Connect, and Express
PHILLIPS ARTWORK INSPIRATION: Edward Weston portrait; photography (The Phillips Collection); Portraits of the Obamas by Kehende Wiley and Amy Sherald at the National Portrait Gallery
Through an arts-integrated instructional approach that uses the visual art standards combined with the Social Justice Standards framework, students used their field trip experiences followed by art studio instruction, to explore self-identity and cultural context. After museum site-based art critique experiences were completed, students created a series of portraits. Mirror drawings, plane drawings on photographs, abstract patterned self-portraits and silhouettes were explored in this unit. Artist statements were written so that students completed their reflective learning process.