Using our imaginations when looking at art can activate prior knowledge and spark curiosity.
During your Evans Distance Learning visit, students looked at African art that evidenced the legacy of cultural encounters through imperialism and colonialism on the continent. Ask them to recall their visit and try this activity.
One of the easiest ways to begin interpreting a work of art is to imagine you are the artist.
Choose a work of art from the group below. As the artist of the work, HOW did you make it? Consider:
Share your ideas with a partner and the class.
Now imagine you could visit with this artist for an interview and the chance to share with the artist your ideas about the work. What questions would you ask? What insights would you share?
Looking closely at art can help us uncover layers of complexity not apparent at first glance. During your Evans DLP visit, students explored artworks to interpret and become curious about the art of one or more African cultures. Ask students to try this approach with two or three other works of art (choose from below). Use the Looking to Learn: What Makes You Say That? strategy to frame student inquiry.
After using the strategy, ask students to compare their ideas with the information provided on the object pages.
Finally, ask students to look at the art with new eyes and complete the following statements about the objects they explored:
I used to think…
Now I think…
Thinking about our experience with art can help connect us to people and ideas across time and place.
Use these prompts to reflect on your Evans Distance Learning session.