How it Works
How It Works
Art interpretation discussions are meant to be student led, facilitated by teachers rather than teacher directed. To start a discussion, teachers should ask basic questions like, “What do you see?” then encourage evidence-based responses from their students.
1. What do you see?
2. What else do you see?
3. What does someone else see?
4. Can anyone add to that?
5. What is going on in this picture?
6. What do you see that makes you think that?
7. What more can we find?
1. These questions are meant to be open-ended in order to encourage student responses.
2. Record student answers in some way, either by writing them on the board or a flip chart, in order to motivate students to participate.
3. Keep repeating the question "What do you see?" a few times. There is so much information to find in an artwork, and students need to be encouraged to keep looking.
4. No side conversations.
5. One person speaks at a time, and students need to listen to each other's responses.
6. Encourage students to limit their responses to one thought at a time.
7. Strive for observable answers rather than personal opinions.
8. Instead of students trying to point things out with their fingers, encourage them to point with their words.
9. Try simple games in order to encourage students to look at a painting deeper. For example, go around the room and have students say something about the painting that no one has said before. This encourages a deeper look at the artwork, and students listening to each other's responses.
10. Have fun with this and make it your own, this is meant to be very fluid and organic, if you find something that works better for you and your students, do it!
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