Activity objective: to develop visual literacy skills by working with visual images, art concepts and vocabulary.
Assemble a collection of small artwork reproductions. Include artworks of different periods, cultures, styles. Art postcards work well because they are easy to handle and durable, but this activity could also be done using an online collection. This activity should ideally be done as a group to allow discussion, and debate about choices.
Sort the collection into different genres or subjects of art including landscapes, still life, portraiture, history paintings, genre scenes, narratives, fantasy, non-representational, etc. Discuss each choice.
Sort the collection into different styles including realistic, naturalistic, idealistic, expressive, abstract.
Sort the collection into different art forms (i.e. sculpture, painting, photography). Within each art form is it possible to sort further? For example: different sorts of paintings – oil paintings, watercolour or acrylic.
You could use a lotus diagram to organise your thinking here.
Find two artworks for each following visual qualities. Give reasons for each choice.
From the collection identity two artworks in which:
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