Students will view a work of art and critically interpret it in order to discern the work’s meaning and the artist’s intent. Using the technique of aesthetic scanning, students will consider three properties of a work of art: sensory, formal, and technical. A graphic organizer will help them develop their thinking, and then they will each write a short description summarizing their observations and conclusions. This assessment will be especially useful if the teacher already uses this approach or one like it to analyze and interpret artwork. However, even if the teacher has not previously used aesthetic scanning in the classroom, this assessment aligns to the standards, and students should still be able to follow the prompts and complete the assessment.
The artwork being observed is Guernica by Pablo Picasso. An alternate prompt, Rage, Flower Thrower by Banksy, may also be used if this assessment is used as a pre/post assessment.
This item has not been field-tested by Michigan teachers.
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