SchoolArts Magazine

September 2016

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A nalysis is a necessary tool for engaging students in the meaning and understand- ing of art. In his class at the International School of Beijing, Inter- national Baccalaureate art teacher Brian Reverman has his students ana- lyze artwork with the help of his own unique creation: the Art-o-matic. Art-o-matic is a digital annotation tool that allows students to graphi- cally organize their analysis of an artwork. The template for Art-o-matic can be downloaded on Brian's web- site ( AOM.html) and imported to, a free website for creating diagrams. Once the template is imported, stu- dents can use the tools Brian has cre- ated to deconstruct an image. Issues of Form Before getting started with this powerful tool, it is important to understand how it operates. The Art-o-matic is powered on FTC, an approach developed by Dr. Renee San- doval that looks at art through three lenses: form, theme, and context. Vantage Points When observing a work of art, students first consider issues of form. Similar to Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), this lens asks students to first consider the formal qualities of what they see, including materials and the elements of art and principles of design. Next, students look at how the formal qualities and subject mat- ter of the artwork together create a meaning that communicates the tone and theme of the piece. Finally, stu- dents consider the context of the art through an examination of place and time that the artwork was made. (i.e., what has the artist taken into consid- eration that is specific to his or her culture, society, or environment?). Looking at the work through these multiple vantage points gives students the opportunity to better consider the Art-O-Matic complexity of the thought and process of art-making. Template Tools On the left-hand side of the Art-o- matic template, you will find tools, or nodes, created to help students explore their artwork through FTC. These nodes take the form of small editable icons that can be selected for relevance and arranged around the artwork. Synthesis questions are pro- vided on the right side of the template to give students the opportunity to make connections around how form, theme, and context connect to create meaning in an artwork. Art-o-matic is a digital annotation tool that allows students to graphicall organize their anal sis of an artwork. 24 SEPTEMBER 2016 SchoolArts David Gran M E D I A @ r + s CONTINUED ON PAGE 45.

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