Observe and Wonder: Lesson

Art Movements at Google

Art Movements at Google

 

This lesson uses two resources: Google Art & Culture and See/Wonder/Connect from Project Zero

1. Observe and describe:

Go to Google Art & Culture and choose an artwork from an Art Movement.

Look at the painting for at least one minute. Let your eyes wander. What do you see? List five words or phrases that describe any aspect of the work. Look again Move in closer. List five more words or phrases that describe any aspect of the work.

2. Brainstorm a list of 3-5 questions about the artwork or topic.

Use these question starters to help you think of interesting questions:

  • I wonder…
  • Why…?
  • What are the reasons…?
  • What if…?
  • I am puzzled by…
  • How would it be different if…?
  • Where…?
  • What if we knew…?
  • If I could interview the artist, I’d ask…

Then, select one question to discuss for a few minutes. Reflect: What new ideas do you have about the artwork or topic that you didn’t have before?

Reflect: What new ideas do you have about the artwork or topic that you didn’t have before?

3. Connect

Compare the painting with another work from the same art movement gallery.

  • How are the two works similar? Brainstorm a list of 3-5 things that the two works have in common.
  • What kinds of connections did you find?

 

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