Using our imaginations when looking at art can spark curiosity and stimulate creative responses to the world around us. Sometimes artworks feature objects or environments in new and thought-provoking combinations. These can serve as a prompt for imagining new worlds or scenarios.
Recall your Distance Learning session and challenge students to imaginatively explore this work through Observational Poetry.
Artist William Kentridge is known internationally for handmade animated films based on his charcoal drawings. He has also made prints since the beginning of his career and this one, made in 2000, is a large linocut print measuring about 8 feet tall. It features a large striding figure in a barren industrial landscape that is similar to the outskirts of Kentridge’s native Johannesburg, South Africa. The artist has offered few clues about the figure’s race or social status, although the branches sprouting from the man’s head and hands may call to mind ideas about transformation.
Use these prompts to guide student engagement with the artwork:
Looking closely at art can help us uncover layers of complexity not apparent at first glance. During your Evans Distance Learning session, students responded to the creative decisions of artists and used these responses to interpret ideas presented by their work. Ask students to try this approach with other works of art. Use the Looking to Learn: Elaboration Game or the Writing to Learn: Creative Comparisons strategy to closely examine some of the works below.
Reflecting on our experience with art helps us connect to people and ideas across time and place. Ask students to reflect on their Evans Distance Learning session with one or more of the following prompts.