Teachers and docents find that writing with art is an exciting, productive activity. Whether you are in a museum or a classroom, the following ideas and prompts can be springboards to writing for many purposes.
Engagement Strategies: When we read a good book or watch a good movie we get
an emotional response to the experience. Often artists express their emotions and
want to tap into the viewer’s emotions through their art.
Questions and Activities:
Take a minute and observe.
What do you notice? (all responses are accepted-teach into them)
What is the feeling or mood? How did the artist do that? (This is perhaps a place to give some background on artist/period)
What is going on? Why do you think that?
What other details do you notice?
Follow up this discussion with a written response. Model what you mean by a response- “Music is blaring. Is it a warning of danger?”
Each of you write your own response on a slip of paper. It will be interesting to see what we come up with collectively.
Possible Props: Collaborative Poem
Strips of paper (one for each student)
When responses are written have 2 students arrange the slips for rhythm and meaning. Read out loud in a poetic manner.