Activities adaptable to multiple grade levels
Divide and conquer
With the class divided into two groups, each group is assigned a
different idea about a work of art (for example, two ideas about
William Kentridge’s Portage
could be that the people are marching
in a celebratory parade or that they are moving from one place to
another due to famine). Pair off within your group and find evidence
in the work of art that supports your assigned position. Next, pair
with someone from the opposite group and discuss your findings to
convince them of your position. Lastly, debrief. What happened when
you met with each partner? What new thoughts or ideas did you have
after your discussion? Was either person convinced of the other’s
position? What questions remain?
Is it art?
Sometimes artists challenge what art can be by introducing new
ideas, styles, and subject matters into their work. Select a work of art
that you think challenges what art can be. Brainstorm reasons why
people may argue why it is and is not art. Older students can use
these notes to write a persuasive essay defending their position.