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Re: Questioning new art

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Cynthia McKeon (dpwstory)
Sat, 24 Aug 1996 14:10:09 -0400

> Well I've begun working in my elementary art room and I'm just
>beginning my bulletin boards. I thought I might be neat to do a bulletin
>board about "Questions to ask when looking at a piece of artwork for the
>first time". Does anyone have any questions they feel should be on this
>list? I am including the following: 1. Who is the artist? 2. Where is
>the artist from? 3. What mwdium was used to create this piece? 4. In
>what style is this piece created?
> Have any other ideas? Get Back to me!!
> Thanks! Ticia
Hi Ticia!

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.