EXPRESS: Convey thoughts, ideas, and emotions through art, words, and actions.
Ask these suggested guiding questions to use the strategy EXPRESS:
- What does this artwork remind you of?
- What emotions do you feel when you look at this artwork?
- What do you think the artist is expressing in this artwork?
- How would you express these ideas?
7 Word Story
- Write a story about an artwork using only 7 words.
Beginning, Middle, & End
- Choose one of these questions, and use your imagination in your response:
- If this artwork is the beginning of a story, what might happen next?
- If this artwork is the middle of a story, what might have happened before? What might be about to happen?
- If this artwork is the end of a story, what might the story be?
Character, Setting, Plot, and Mood
- How is it different to read a story in a book versus looking at a story in a painting? How is it similar? This question can transition into a discussion about character, setting, plot, and mood in a specific story and a specific painting.
- Write a Haiku describing a work of art.
- Write a Haiku about how a person in a work of art is feeling.
- Pick a person or object in an artwork. Write a Haiku from the perspective of that person or object.
- Show students a selection of artworks (or pick a gallery in the museum). Ask a series of questions and have them select the artwork they think best answers the question. After each question, have students explain their choices. Questions may include:
- Which work of art is the most powerful?
- Which work of art fits in with the other artworks the least? Which work of art are you most curious about?
- Which work of art do you like the best?
- Which do you like the least?