Helping students look at works of art and design
This provides an overview for teachers responsible for teaching students from 14 to 18 years of age in the form of an easy to follow, easy to use guide both for helping students look at works of art and design (both their own and other people's), and to begin to assess them.
(i) Consider first of all, when you are looking at a work of art, craft or design, its:
immediate visual impact
The kind of questions you might ask include:
* what have we got here? what exactly is in front of us? what does the work look like?
The follow-up work would involve very close and serious attention to the paintings, drawings, artefacts, sketchbooks, annotations or whatever was being looked at.
You might want to draw out elements like composition, colour, line, tone, space, surface, texture, movement, volume and so on. You could draw up your own looking list of things that matter.
These first responses are all observations. You have to find the visual and visible evidence in front of you. Be tough about that, it has got to be there!