This week is our annual trip to the National Gallery of Art. (One of the reasons why I love living by Washington, DC.) As I have said before, I love art, and I love teaching students how to look at art on their own. Typically, we have used tour guides, and students get a tour. While I believe in the value of guides, many times it would depend on the success of the tour guide if we got a good tour. Plus I wanted time for students to explore by themselves. I read this project by the wonderful Lisa Lilley. I decided to modify it for my students. You could have students reflect in Spanish depending on their level. I also tried to ask a lot of guiding questions that students could use for any pieces of art. I used this website to help guide my questions. I hope that this allows them to look at different art in the future. I will reflect on how this all works soon!
PS: Now you can download 250 art books from the Getty Museum free!