Students practice engaging with art, making meaning from that interaction, and considering how art can connect us to people and ideas across time and place. Use this before a museum visit to set the stage for a rich in-gallery experience.
Invite students to bring in or share a picture of a piece of artwork they have in their homes. It can be something from their personal collection or that of their family. As a class, in groups, or in pairs, ask students to:
Look closely at each object for at least 30 seconds and answer these simple questions:
Compare responses to the owner’s ideas about each object.
What you were able to glean about:
The Artist’s Ideas
As a collection, what did this art tell you about your group (class)? Consider:
Look at the art you brought to share with new eyes. Consider the class discussion and complete the following statements about your art:
I used to think…
Now I think…
Structure this simple activity in a way that makes sense for your class. Make a game of it, use written responses to augment discussion, frame it through the lens of your academic discipline, etc.