I took several art history classes in college. Not to fulfill any particular requirement, simply out of interest. Even today, I love wandering around museums (particularly modern art) when I get the chance even though my knowledge is rather limited.
My days now tend towards hectic and it’s not uncommon to have some teenage drama around my house. I try to take at least a moment each day to pause. One of my favorite “rests” is with DailyArt.
I’ve had this app on my phone for a few years (they have a free and an inexpensive upgraded version). Each day there is a featured painting (sometimes it’s an object or sculpture) and a short description about the artist and/or meaning of the work. I love it.
It would also be a great language prompt for your older students. Art doesn’t have a black and white answer to what it represents or what it might make a viewer feel so students don’t need to worry about being “wrong” or “right.” They can simply react to what they see. You may even find yourself surprised by a different take on a painting you thought had one clear interpretation.
Think of all the language possibilities for “Jealousy” by Munch.
Or what about this blue hippo?
At the end of the description is a listing of the items specifications—size, medium, style, even where you can find it in person. I should start a list of museums that house my “favorites” and think about planning some trips….
Do you find yourself in museums when you travel? Let me know your favorite!
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