This routine will encourage children to relate their personal knowledge of a concrete object with a more abstract image. Students will explore how artists make choices when creating as they investigate different colors, textures, and shapes.
- Gather a box or bin of different colorful, textured, and shaped objects (e.g. feathers, blocks, fabrics, buttons, ribbons, etc.).
- In a small-group or whole-class circle time, invite students to look at an artwork, such as Hopi Eagle Dancer, created by artist Dan Namingha.
- Use the Colors/Shapes/Lines looking routine from Artful Thinking to guide their looking:
What colors do you see?
What shapes do you see?
What lines do you see?
- Once students have had a chance to look at the artwork, ask each child to pick one object from the bin that reminds them of the artwork. Your students might choose an object that has a similar color, pattern, or shape to something in the artwork. Your students might also choose something reminding them of the sound or feel they imagine the artwork might share.
- They can then share out about the connection they have made between the artwork and the object they have chosen.