The Art of Questioning
colored crayons on paper
24 in x 18 in (60.96 cm x 45.72 cm);24 in x 18 in (60.96 cm x 45.72 cm);28 in x 23 in (71.12 cm x 58.42 cm)
Gift of Arthur Cohen in honor of Ben and Yetta Cohen
Flay (James Madison)
oil on canvas with nails
5 x 4 ft. (152.4 x 121.92 cm)
Museum Purchase made possible by Joseph and Annette Allen
screenprint on paper
40 ½ in x 28 ¾ in (102.87 cm x 73.02 cm)
Gift of the DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion
4 ft. 3 3/8 in. x 38 1/4 in. (130.4 x 97.1 cm);4 ft. 3 13/16 in. x 38 13/16 in. x 1 5/16 in. (131.45 x 98.43 x 3.18 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Gosman
crayon on paper
12 1/16 in x 17 15/16 in (30.64 cm x 45.56 cm);15 1/16 in x 21 in (38.26 cm x 53.34 cm)
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection
Auburndale Site, Highland Park, MI, #3
iris print on paper
22.9 x 33 1/16 in. (58.26 x 83.98 cm);20 1/4 x 32 9/16 in. (51.43 x 82.71 cm);22.9 x 33 1/16 in. (58.26 x 83.98 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by Stuart and Maxine Frankel
Gogo (Hana to shojo to cho) Afternoon (Flowers, Girl and Butterfly)
color woodblock print on paper
14 in. x 18 1/2 in. ( 35.56 cm x 46.99 cm )
Gift of Sheila and Ronnie Cresswell
How do you craft a beautiful question? One that cracks open new ideas and discussion? Here are a few possibilities for guiding students as they question, puzzle, and grapple with art and ideas. Use the images above as starting points.
See Think Wonder. Ask students: What do you see? What do you think? What do you wonder?
Emotional Response: Ask: What do you feel? Describe what pulls you toward that emotion - color, light, size?
Token Response: Choose 5-6 images. Ask students to place a heart on one that they love. Place a question mark on one that they wonder about. Place a two-sided arrow between two images that they sense are connected in some way.
Links and Lists
The Thinking Museum: How to ask Brilliant Questions that Get Results
List of 62 Critical Thinking Questions: Apply these to fiction, non-fiction, or art.
List of "Beautiful Questions": From TimeSlips, an creative organization
The Art of a Beautiful Question: BigThink Video