Syafiaah Siti (15 years), Si Ling Secondary School, Singapore, Singapore. ICEFA Lidice, 40th Exhibition. A medal to the school for their collection of graphic art.

Big ideas are broad topics that students study in-depth to address significant life issues that are relevant to humankind, regardless of the time periods and cultures in which people live” (Sickler-Voigt, forthcoming publication). Students answer important life questions, called guiding questions to begin their inquiry and ultimately develop enduring understandings. Children transfer their studies of big ideas to various aspects of their lives, both in school and beyond. Each year ICEFA Lidice organizes its exhibition using big ideas presented by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). The theme of the year centers on concepts that children understand such as education, happiness, planet Earth, and this is where I live, that is me. Children utilize various art media to express their unique understandings of big ideas.


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Big Ideas


Early Childhood

PreK – 2nd Grade

Middle Childhood

3rd – 5th Grades

Early Adolescence

6th – 8th Grades


9th – 12th Grades

Big Ideas in Children's Artistic Development

 Debrah C. Sickler-Voigt, Ph.D.