Artworks can offer the opportunity to consider things from a different perspective. Artists are intentional about how to depict people alone or in groups. Spending time to look carefully at the expressions, body language, and contextual clues in figural artworks can help students consider ideas about identity, community, and belonging.
Adjust this activity in whatever way makes sense for your classroom. The instructions below are merely an outline for students to document their thinking.
Invite students to use the steps below to spend at least 10-15 minutes with a work of art, challenging them to work to creatively document the ideas it presents to them.
Ask them to refrain from reading information about the art until they have completed the activity and reflected on their own creative process.
Choose from the objects below or visit the VMFA Collections page to search for other possibilities:
Invite students to look closely at a work of art and consider the following: