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 four properties of a work of art: sensory, formal, technical, and expressive. A graphic organizer will help them develop their thinking, and then they will each write a short essay 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 Rage, Flower Thrower by Banksy. An alternate prompt, Guernica by Pablo Picasso, 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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