Basic Lesson Plan

What can we learn from looking at an art object?

Performance Objective
Students examine an image, analyze its components, and begin to learn about its meaning.

Grade Level
All Grades

• Visual representation of an object (go to slideshow)
Looking exercise

Students’ verbal responses, drawings, and written commentaries

Teachers should use the looking exercise to lead the students in a visual exploration of each object.

1. Make a list on the blackboard of features that students see in the image.
2. After the questioning is completed, each student draws the object. Teachers may want to have each student record the drawings in a special notebook of Asia Art.
3. Each student writes a short description of the object next to the drawing.

A class visit to a museum or gallery that exhibits the kind of objects being discussed.

> Visit the Asia Society
> Other museums with notable Asian collections

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