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by Chia-Ling Ma
In this lesson, students will have the chance to learn how to write about art through the art criticism activity. The purpose of the activity is to improve students analytical and synthesis skills as they appreciate and interpret a work of art. Students will also learn how to write unified and coherent paragraphs.
1. Students will participate in the discussion about what they see and what they learn when encountering a work of art.
Material and Resources
- Journal note books
- The art work reprint or poster
- Chalkboard or flip chart paper and markers
- Barrett, Short Guide to Writing about Art
Concept Development Activities
1) What is the first response to the work?
2) What is its title? What is the artist trying to say about the subject matter of the work?
3) How is the line and color employed in the work?
4) How do light and dark function in the work?
After their discussion, have student organize the ideas, which have been generated from the discussion into an outline. Tell students that the outline has to show the main idea of the paper.
7. Guide students to write their papers in unified and coherent paragraphs. Write the above topics on the board and explain to students that they should follow these points. Also, tell students that their papers will be evaluated by the following criteria:
1) Focus-- Presenting a clear main idea
2) Organization-- Logical structure
3) Support-- Quality and detail of evidence
4) Unity-- Points or ideas in each paragraph must be related
Have students practice to write the draft based on the journals and outline they have written.
Schedule a time with each student for a conference about his or her writing. Give them additional time to revise their writing.
Informal Learning Assessment
Review students papers to see if they include the main topic ideas in their writing. Also, see if students follow the principles of writing that listed on the board.
By Chia-Ling Ma
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