Why look at art? Art is one way humans communicate ideas to one another. Sifting through the information art presents takes careful and purposeful looking. Before a museum visit or Evans Distance Learning session, students can practice connecting to art as intentional inquirers. Use this simple exercise as a guide.
Structure this simple activity in a way that makes sense for your class. Make a game of it, combine written responses with discussion, use graphic organizers, etc. The objective is for students to engage and connect with art and to make meaning from that interaction.
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Invite students to look closely at a work of art for at least 30 seconds and consider the following:
Discuss what you were able to glean about:
Reflect on the process: Look at the art with new eyes. Consider the class discussion and complete the following statements about the image and your experience of it:
I used to think…
Now I think…
You may wish to print and distribute this graphic organizer to help students document their ideas during the SIFT activity.