Learning how to interpret or “read” a piece of artwork can build both social-emotional skills and academic ones, and is part of the Common Core ELA standards.
But it’s not always easy for students to understand the idea that there is just as much story and symbolism in visual art as there is in written text. That’s why we loved these videos from our friends at the Teaching Channel, which show two lessons about interpreting art in action.
First up is Ms. Wallace teaching her students about symbolism in the art of the First Nations:
And here is Mr. Durocher talking with his kids about the stories in art:
Do you study visual art with your students? What kinds of conversations do you have?