I have thought of ten questions that could be asked to children to engage them in this particular piece of art.
- If you were in the artwork, what noises would you hear?
- What conversations do you think are occurring?
- How do you think the man feels?
- How do you think the crowd are feeling?
- If you were there, what would you do?
- What do you think the man is thinking?
- What preparation would have lead up to this photo?
- What do you think is going to happen next?
- If you were in the crowd, what would you be ale to see?
- Who else do you think is involved who isn’t in the photo?
Another example of getting children to further engage in a piece of art work is to get them to draw/paint what happened before and after the piece of work. This gets children to think beyond the image and makes them think of art as a live process. It also encourages the children to use their imagination and creativity. Finally, there is a link to science through the change in time. What happens before and after, could be immediately before/after or it could be a long time before/after etc.
After my visit, I used all of the photos that I took and created a photo montage. This is shown below.
This is just a simple way of getting children to look at art that bit deeper. I generated the above questions based on the art work that I went to see, but any similar questions would work for any art work.
- What do the colours make you feel?
- What do you think the artist was thinking when they painted this?
- What does the monkey represent?
- If you had painted this, what would you have done differently? Why?
- What effect does the weather have on the image?
The questions are just a simple way of getting children to look further into a piece of art rather than looking at it for 5 seconds and moving on. After all, the art work probably took hours to create!
What I like about digital art, is that children can take on the role of Nigel Holland and use digital cameras or Ipads to photograph things that they are passionate about. They can then go on to create their own photomontage from the images they have taken. They could even adapt their photos first – crop, rotate, change the colour, distort etc.