This lesson and thinking routine encourages students to make careful observations and thoughtful interpretations. It helps stimulate curiosity and sets the stage for inquiry.
National Core Standards
Perceive and analyze artistic work
Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work
Objects and images that can be closely observed
This lesson may be modeled as a large-group discussion and then conducted in small groups or partners.
Ask students to closely observe a concrete object on the table or in the room. It could be anything: a stapler, a pencil, a plant. Ask them to state one observation about this object in the form of: “I see ________.”
Follow up after that observation statement by asking, “What do you think about that?” Students may add considerations about design, function, aesthetics, anything using the phrase: “I think ______.”
Finally, ask students to pose a question about this object using the phrase: “I wonder ______.”
Conduct this See / Think / Wonder progression with other objects, images, or abstract topics and relationships. If you are preparing for a visit to UMMA, you may use this strategy while observing possible images from your tour, found on UMMA’s Exchange website.