Where's the Information? How to read artwork

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When I first started to teach art, I was surprised how many students didn't know how to read artwork, yet they see images of artwork and pictures in all of their textbooks. So I created this worksheet and have used it every year when I begin the school year.

The 6 parts are...
1) Name of the artist.
2) Name of artwork (usually italicized).
3) When it was created (could be one date or a longer period of time).
4) Mediums/materials used to create artwork. (Art materials used, could be more than one, example).
5) Size of the artwork.
6) Where the artwork is currently (could be borrowed/on loan from another gallery/owner).

Some ideas I implement...
I help students understand the 6 parts to reading artwork and have some examples to work though. I also like to have them work together in groups to find all of the parts, write it down on a strip of paper, then as a group read each of the 6 parts. Afterwards I like to display the artwork around the classroom for openhouse/back to school night.

I emphasize to students that the answers for each part of reading the artwork ends with a PERIOD and that some of the information could not be present or it is unknown.

In this packet I have also included a practice page and also a short quiz along with 2 answer sheets.

Please feel free to check out my other art projects & assignments on TPT & leave feedback/comments.
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