The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

The Art of Food for Educators


In addition to planning a field trip and exploring the digital exhibition guide Community Food Stories, educators can include artworks and ideas from The Art of Food: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation in their classrooms.

Designed for grades 3-5 but adaptable for many ages, the following lessons integrate visual art with social studies and English language arts learning. Each lesson includes discussion prompts, creative activities, artwork images, student worksheets, connections to AZ State Standards, and links to additional resources.

Image (right): Joseph Beuys, Capri Battery (Capri-Batterie), edition AP 49/50, 1985, Light bulb, plug socket and artificial lemon, wooden box with screenprint, Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, Photo: Aaron Wessling Photography

Lesson 1: Our Changing Relationship With Food

How has our relationship with food changed over time? Students use modern and contemporary works of art as the starting point to research major developments in the food history of the United States, from supermarkets to factory farming to food sovereignty.

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Curriculum connections:  Social studies, visual arts

Lesson 2:  Building Communities With Food

What is a community? Who grows, cooks, and shares our food? Students explore artworks that tell stories about community, then design their own food truck and reflect on how food brings people together.

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Curriculum connections:  English language arts, visual arts


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