Fine art can help students develop analysis skills in quick, small doses. Ideally, those skills will transfer to literary analysis and better critical thinking about the world around them, but I figure any/all thinking is good and art is an easy way to wake up teen brains.
Whether you want to use art as a regular weekly bell-ringer routine – I like the sound of “Masterpiece Monday” or “Fine Art Friday” – or you decide to supplement existing units with a thematically related piece of art, the artwork listed below will help students assess elements such as mood, setting, and symbolism in support of a theme or artist’s statement.
19 works of art perfect for classroom use:
If we want students to grow into interesting, thoughtful adults, art appreciation is a useful tool. And, as I told my students, it’s a way to impress future cuties they date when they’re a bit older. Imagine going on a museum or gallery date with someone who actually has interesting things to say about the art. That’s a green flag, baby!
All of my teaching tools are linked with each item above, but I’ve also bundled all 19 of these lessons into one discounted item – save more than 20 percent! – available here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fine-Art-Analysis-Bundle-Art-Supplements-Critical-Thinking-Bell-Ringers-CCSS-9356708