This is a handout of various writing activities for students to do in response to art:
journaling (a variety of questions included),
writing a critique,
writing a letter to the artist,
creating a title,
telling a story, or
I created the worksheet based on Lafayette, Colorado's Art on the Street Program. Because this is not original material from me, I am sharing it at no cost! Wa-hoo!
Since most of us can't take our students for a walk of the city where art is being displayed, here are a few other ideas for those of us who aren't terribly artistic:
1. Make arrangements for your class to visit the art room when there are completed projects available from which students can write about.
2. Have all students pick what writing they prefer based on a single piece of artwork you provide, even if it's just a poster.
3. Students could select a picture out of their language arts text to use as their art.
4. Have students walk around campus and take a picture they could use for their art.
5. Students could walk through the parking lot and select a vehicle to personify in a story.
6. Students could research the work from a classic artist and find a photo of a piece of his/her art online to use as a springboard for their writing projects.
7. Have students bring a favorite object for "show and tell" which could provide objects of art from which they can choose.
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Hopefully these ideas get your brain juices flowing with even more writing choices and more ways to select art. When tomorrow creeps in, I trust that you and your students will be more creative than you even imagined you could be!
Have fun with this.