Making inferences is the focus of this “looking at art” activity that integrates Art with Language Arts and addresses visual literacy skills. Students identify details in an art work, then use their prior knowledge to help them make inferences about the content of the work.
***This lesson is included in the “Learn Language Arts Strategies with Art” series***
Using observed visual details in art work can lead to making inferences about what the artist intended to communicate. Students often jump to making inferences first; this lesson asks them to start with the visual details and use them to make inferences about the artists’ purpose, thoughts or communications.
This lesson includes
- suggested art works especially suited to making inferences
- summary of the general procedure
- list of materials needed and preparation required
- step-by-step directions for looking at art
- suggested questions for art observation
- suggestions for extending the lesson with art and reading
- list of related resources to enhance the lesson
- a student response worksheet that can be used for making inferences using art
This comprehensive lesson is designed to address language arts skills along with art appreciation and art analysis. Extensions can expand the lesson into art technique and art history.
********** PLEASE NOTE ***********
This lesson is one in a series
in which students are engaged in art observation activities that focus on specific skills including compare and contrast, fact and opinion, main idea and details, making generalizations, making inferences, vocabulary learning strategies, and more.
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Related resources to use with this activity:
See Artist Biographies for Kids
for a selection of one-page artist biographies and accompanying student response worksheets.
Download the free resource Looking at Art with Kids
for additional ideas and suggestions for using art observations across the curriculum.
Related art lessons to use for exending this lesson:
Drawing on Halloween
For more art-integration ideas and suggestions, download my free resource:
Making Time For Art
Creating Art With Kids
resources are designed to focus primarily on the creative process. They are intended to be open-ended enough to encourage student creativity and detailed enough to give teachers clear direction.
Visit my blog, Creating Art With Kids,
for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons.
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