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Remember: In art there are no “wrongs” just different interpretations
Memory Game: Choose a very involved painting and tell the children that they have about 30 seconds to one minute to really look at it, then they will be asked some questions about the painting. Have a list of questions relating to the painting. How many men, women and children are represented? Is there a landscape? What is the dominant color? How many animals and what are they? Turn the painting so that everyone can no longer see the painting and have children answer your questions. There are many variations of this game. You can also have the children look at the painting then turn it around and see how many details they can remember. Or cover a student with a sheet and see how many details they remember of the student’s clothes, hair, etc.
Shapes and Forms: The structure or composition of a painting can be likened to a road map for the eye. With a magic marker on large construction paper you can draw road maps of your pictures. For Example: A map of the Mona Lisa would look like a triangle or a map of Van Gogh’s sunflowers would look like circles.
Biography Game: Read two biographies. Show the children one picture. Have the children choose the biography that fits best. Or show two pictures, read one biography and have children choose which picture fits the biography. Older children can choose from several.
Opinion Cards: Ask the class the questions on the “opinion cards”. Example: The most expensive?
Pairing Game: One child picks out two pictures that go together and the rest of the students guess why they go together. The one that gets the answer correct picks the next two pictures.
Artist Match-Up Game: Using supplied laminated prints (of artist other art pieces of artwork). Give one laminated print to pairs of students and have them guess which print is created by the same artist. Once they figure it out have them place the laminated print next to the AGTS print. Then discuss. Variation: hold up the laminated print and ask the class which is the match-up. Choose one of the children raising their hand to answer.
Which Picture: Ask the children which picture they would like to be in and why. Other questions: Where in the picture? Doing what? What senses do they use and how (hear, see, smell, etc.)
Adjective Game: Use 3x5 cards with one adjective written on each card (dull, exciting, happy, sad, noisy, quiet, interesting, etc.) Have one card for each child. More than one child may have the same adjective. Have the children match their adjective to one picture. Older children: Give each child several slips of paper with various adjectives and value judgements (above examples plus most expensive, would put in my bedroom, would not own. Each child must be prepared to explain his reasons for selecting that painting.
Time line: Select a specific number of pictures and children put the paintings in chronological order.
Five Questions: Ask one student to pick a favorite picture, and to keep their choice to themselves. Have other students ask questions with yes or no answers. Try to guess which one is the student’s choice in five questions.
Grab Bag: The student reaches into a bag that contains an items. The student will be allowed to feel the item in the bag but not pull it out of the bag - they have 10 seconds to feel the item. You can have the other students count down quietly from
10 to 1. Then the student guess which picture would best match the object.Variation: Using the larger grab bag each student gets an item to place next to a picture.
Secret Charades: Have a student or students recreate a picture. The rest of the class guesses.
Create a Story: Have the children dictate a story from one of the pictures.
Name that tune: Play about 30-50 seconds of a song and have the children point to which picture the music matches best. It could be the words or the feel of the music. No wrong answers - you can ask them why?
Hearts and Circle: Each child gets a felt heart (likes) and/or circle (dislikes) and they place next to the picture that explains how they feel about the picture. Then you could give some fun facts about the favorite and least favorite picture.
Ad Agency: For older children - they work in groups to create an ad campaign using one of our prints
Freeze Frame: Short descriptive paragraphs are created for some of the prints. The paragraph is read to the class. “Freeze Frame” then the first student to raise their hand chooses which print was described by the paragraph.
Most Important: Have Fun