A great way to introduce students to image analysis with an excellent graphic organizer to teach students the steps of describing, analyzing, interpreting, and judging images.
This lesson will help students understand visual culture and literacy, investigate artists who use their surroundings to inspire their work, and observe and respond to visual images in the student’s world — an excellent way to align your classroom to the National Core Arts and Common Core State Standards.
—A description of visual culture and visual literacy.
—Images and details of the work of Mark Bradford, Jenny Holzer, and Shepard Fairey.
—6 questions investigating the work of the three artists.
—A graphic organizer to help students develop visual literacy. Students will describe, analyze, interpret, and judge the images surrounding them in their daily lives.
Combine this lesson with my “Photography Equipment Checklist and Responsibilities” and “Scavenger Hunt” to create an introductory unit that covers the four art processes: Creating, Presenting, Responding, and Connecting. An excellent choice if you don’t have enough cameras and need to rotate students through a photography unit.
NATIONAL CORE ARTS STANDARDS: Visual Arts Responding
#VA:Re7.1 Anchor Standard: Perceive and analyze artistic work.
#VA:Re8.1 Anchor Standard: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
#VA:Re9.1 Anchor Standard: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS: College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1: Read closely and make logical inferences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts.
Questions are written at a high school 9-10th grade proficient level but could be differentiated to fit other levels.