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How about "What do you think that they are doing?" "What do you think that
the artist was thinking about when he/she created this piece of art?"
"Does this piece of art remind you about something in your own life?" "Do
you see any repeating patterns, shapes or colors? - why do you think the
artist used them?"
"How long ago do you think that this was made?" "What can you tell about
how this person (if a portrait) lived?" "Do you like this - Why?"
These questions engage your students to think about the work in a personal
way, and ask them questions which they may relate to. Perhaps instead of
"What medium was used to create this piece?" you could ask "Is this a
painting, a photograph or a sculpture? - why?" This will give students
paramaters to begin from, and will lead to lively discussions (led by you).
Hope that this is helpful.