Today and yesterday, I took my 4th graders to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. For many of my students, it was their first time in an art museum. I could not believe how passionate they were about all the art that they saw. Their favorite was contemporary!
During their visit, they were required to choose 6 artworks to respond to using Critical Response. Critical response is a set of open ended questions that allows the viewer to construct their own knowledge and understanding of a particular artwork. I use it all the time in my classroom. It is a great way to inquire about an artwork instead of the teacher rattling off a bunch-o-facts!