These images are usually portraits (pictures of people) and frequently have a narrative element of conflict or mystery. They can be used for Reading Art Across the Curriculum, Visual Thinking Strategies, Notice/Wonder or other strategies. The first slides are used to focus the viewer (check that everyone is ready) and suggest four questions to consider before the image is shown. The art and artist details are on the last slide and are not usually shown until after the reading is completed.
These images were originally designed for use with Visual Thinking Strategies but work equally well with other strategies for reading art as well.
We endorse the Reading Art Across the Curriculum strategies from Focus Five with online instruction available here.
Reading Art Across the Curriculum includes nine elements that students can look for in artworks, four thinking questions and six sentence stems for talking about art. Click here for infographics.
One teacher uses rap to teach the nine elements and the sentence stems.