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.
The walls of VMFA display art from all over the world. In some of the museum spaces, visitors can experience large works of art that take up most of the wall. Click on the images below to view and learn more about two of these works. Compare the use of geometry in each of these pieces. Imagine artists Esther Mahlangu and Sol LeWitt were to meet at VMFA. What ideas would they share? Based on what you observed of their work, consider:
Creatively present the imagined conversation in a digital or analog media of your choice. You may also wish to design your own wall art inspired by the ideas “discussed” by Mahlangu and LeWitt.
Looking closely at art can help us uncover layers of complexity not apparent at first glance. During your Evans DLP visit, students explored artworks through a mathematical lens to interpret and become curious about the work of several artists. Ask students to try this approach with other works of art. Use the Looking to Learn: Elaboration Game or the Sketching to Learn: 30-Second Sketch strategy to 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 DLP visit with one or more of the following prompts.