Thank you for exchanging artwork with children in Russia!
Feel free to use the following resources if you'd like to teach your students about the children and culture of Russia while they create their artwork.
Russia is the largest country in the world with a set of diverse ecosystems. There are about 120 ethnic groups who speak more than a hundred languages. Often times, when we hear about Russia in the news, we only hear about the tensions between our two countries. Less often do we hear the individual, human stories about the people who live there--the families, friends, loved ones, and children just like us. The children who will exchange artwork with your students are facing social issues like poverty and loss of parents. In their artwork, your students will get a unique glimpse into their hopes, fears, and dreams that we don't see in national headlines. By using art as a universal language, your students will help cultivate peace and friendship with Russian youth in a way that governments can't.