Using our imaginations when looking at art can activate prior knowledge and spark curiosity. Ask students to recall their Distance Learning visit and try this activity.
One of the easiest ways to begin interpreting a work of art is to imagine you are the artist.
Revisit this painting. Put yourself in the shoes of Gustave Doré. Consider how this artwork was created and what it took to make it.
Imagine, as the artist, you have been commissioned to make a reproduction of this piece. Consider:
Share your ideas with a partner and the class.
Looking closely at art lets us explore viewpoints from the past. During your Distance Learning visit, students practiced looking carefully to interpret art made during the Romantic period. Use the Looking to Learn: I see / I Think / I Wonder strategy to examine some of the works below.
Ask students to compare their thoughts with the information on the object page. What surprised them? Were some of their ideas on target? Were some of their “I wonder” statements addressed? What further questions could they pursue with more research?
Thinking about our experience with art helps us connect to people and ideas across time and place. Use these prompts to help students reflect on their engagement with art made in the Romantic period.