I have been teaching my 4th grade students about American artist, Stuart Davis, for many years. I always start the lesson by reading aloud to the kids about Stuart's early life and progression into a fine artist. The students always gasp when I read the part about how Stuart dropped out of High School to work and learn with professional artists that his father had introduced him to. I also enjoy this particular artist not just for his amazing breadth of work but also because he was an American artist. Sometimes it seems like I only get to teach about European artists and this is always a refreshing change of pace. I get a kick out of playing Jazz music and traffic sounds on CD to get the kids in the mood to draw vibrant, noisy , colorful cities. The fact that the kids get to include words and sounds into their drawings is icing on the cake!