Using our imaginations when looking at art can activate prior knowledge and spark curiosity. Ask students to recall their Evans DLP visit and try this activity.
Pick one person from the party in Archibald Motley’s painting Town of Hope. Pick another person from George Bellow’s painting Kids. Would these two people ever have crossed paths? Why or why not? Imagine if these two were to meet in person. What do you suppose the interaction would be like? What might these two people have in common? What might they need to explain to one another? Creatively share your ideas in the voice of each character by, for example, performing a sketch, crafting a comic strip, or writing and illustrating a story.
Looking closely at art helps us explore viewpoints from the past. During your Evans DLP visit, students practiced looking carefully to interpret what artists can tell us about the time in which they lived. Ask students to consider other works of art. Use the Looking to Learn: Perceive, Know, Care About strategy to examine some of the works below.
Thinking about our experience with art helps us connect to people and ideas across time and place. Ask students to reflect on their Evans DLP visit with one or more of the following prompts.