Since our world is visual, it is important for students to be able to look at and talk about art academically. An easy way to discuss art is to use the visual elements. This PowerPoint presentation will help educators lead a one class period discussion about the visual elements and introduce the concept of art history. The visual elements (point, line, color, shape & form, value & light, texture, time, and mass) are defined at a middle school level. The images selected from art history show obvious examples of the visual elements.
This is a great discussion to do at the beginning of the year, and it's also useful to use before observing works of famous art or studying art history. This discussion would also be easy to do by non-art teachers who are taking their students on a field trip to an art show at a gallery or museum. The students could repeat the same technique when looking at sculptures and paintings in real life.
This is an appropriate prequel to teach about any of the following:
From Ancient Egypt
Does Artwork Have to be Pretty? Beauty and Aesthetics
Draw a Famous Artwork: Mona Lisa
Impressionism with Mary Cassatt Complete Project
Postimpressionism and Vincent van Gogh Complete Project
Pointillism Lecture and Project
This zip file includes the Art Has a History: How to Look at and Talk About Art PowerPoint and a PDF lesson plan file. The PowerPoint includes slide notes so no preparation is needed for this engaging activity.
Note: Some of the slides appear to have multiple overlapped images when in the editable view, but when you play the slideshow the animation shows one image at a time.
Art has a History: How to Look at and Talk about Art
by Klaire Pearson
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