Activities for Elementary School Students
Which is . . . ?
Select two works of art that have contrasting settings or moods.
Describe the visual clues that give each one its unique feeling.
Use collaborative brainstorming as the basis for a written piece.
Possible contrasts include:
Which is quiet, and which is noisy? What sounds would you hear?
Which is warm, and which is cold?
Postcard writing (see worksheet)
Select a work of art to "enter" and write a postcard to someone
who is not there. Tell them about what it feels like to be there and
describe the sights and sounds of the place.
"Seeing" and "feeling" words
Select a work of art and look at it closely for several minutes. Brainstorm
nouns to describe what you see ("seeing" words) and adjectives to
describe the mood of the work ("feeling" words). Use these words
to begin a discussion about the work of art or to develop a more
finished written piece.
Bring in real objects with different textures. Pass them around one at
a time and brainstorm descriptive words about how each object feels.
(The object can also be placed in a bag so that it remains a mystery.)
As the class passes around each item and describes its texture, work
together to find a work of art that contains a similar texture. Use your
descriptive words for further writing about the work(s) of art.