IDENTIFY: Look closely and describe what you see.
Ask these suggested guiding questions to use the strategy IDENTIFY:
- Describe the artwork.
- What do you notice?
- What do you recognize?
- What is familiar? What is unfamiliar?
30 Second Look:
- Look at the painting for 30 seconds.
- Have everyone close their eyes. Ask them to say five to ten things they remember.
- Ask them to open their eyes and find five things they didn’t notice the first time they looked.
Fact vs Fiction:
- Have students move around through True or False questions. Develop a series of true/false or multiple choice questions about an artwork that students have to move into position to answer.
- People who think the answer is true stand on one side, people who think the answer is false stand on the other side.
- As a group, look back at the artwork and discuss why they think their answer is more accurate.
- Ask students where their eye goes first.
- After discussing that, ask: where does it go next?
- Then, where does it go?
- This is a good way to have a conversation about what the artist has done with lines, gestures, and movement to move the eye around a composition.
- Look at a painting and ask students what they see.
- Then, assign students one part of the painting on which to focus. They can look as a small group or each student can work independently on his/her/their assigned section. Have them focus on their section to find five things they did not notice the first time they looked at the entire artwork.
Nouns and Adjectives:
- Ask the class for 10 nouns and 10 adjectives to describe a work of art they see.
- Create a post-it note for each word. Group like words together; see where there are commonalities and differences.