Making Art vs Showing Art in Art Class
In our art classes at school we spend a lot of time on Art making – but do we spend enough time on observing, discussing, critiquing works of Art ? And should we?
The benefit of exposing students to art works are clear – they learn Critical Thinking, Culture studies, Communication and the develop the ability to make Human and Academic connections. Of course ideally we take our students to Museums or Galleries but Lately its also become very easy to bring museums into the classroom!
Once you put an artwork in front of your students you can engage them by asking open ended questions, providing them with factual or contextual information and allowing group dialogue or individual writing activities to evolve in response to the students comments or questions.
In summary, we want our students to see and artwork and Describe | Analyze | Interpret | Evaluate
Here are some of our favourite resources for Educators from museums around the world –