SchoolArts Magazine

MAY 2018

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38 MAY 2018 SchoolArts I nformation fluency involves critical and creative thinking skills. With information fluency, students formu - late and ask questions; seek possible answers; examine, compare, and evalu - ate responses for effectiveness; and then determine the most logical con - clusion or solution to the stated prob- lem. Closely related to habits of mind, information fluency requires persis - tence, practice, striving for accuracy, applying prior knowledge, risk-taking, openness, and reflection. A Game of Visual Clues Information-fluent students should be able to locate data from appropriate sources, evaluate the data, and then use the collected material to make inferences and draw valid conclusions. Name that Artist encourages students to use visual clues to locate key facts related to specific images. This engag - ing activity can serve as a daily art warm-up, review, closure, or test. I use this game to encourage stu- dents to arrive on time. We begin exactly at the specified class start time and use no more than three minutes to locate information. Correct responses are awarded a point that is added to any assignment. Most students earn about ten points for the duration of the semester. More importantly, they are exposed to artworks and artists not otherwise covered in class. Procedures • Allow students to work in pairs, small groups, or alone. • Use internet-connected devices (smart phones, tablets, laptops). • Explain that an image will be shown for a specified number of minutes (keep it brief). During this time, students will use only the visual clues found in the art- work to determine the name of the artist. • Display an artwork that has not been shown or studied in class. • Students submit responses on a piece of paper. • After all responses are collected, Name that Artist encourages students to use visual clues to locate ke acts related to specific images. NAME THAT Pam Stephens ARTIST ask students to share answers and any key words that led them to their response. • Optional: Use image recognition apps such as Search by Image or Google Goggles. Optional Vary the activity by showing a work of art and asking students to deter- mine the style or title of the work. This should include evidence found through keywords suggested by clues found in the work of art. Extension Have students complete deeper research to discover, write about, and report on historical, societal, or cul- tural context of the artworks shown. Encourage students to use key words to continue research activity. Pam Stephens is a SchoolArts contribut- ing editor and is distinguished teaching fellow and professor of art education at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. pamela.Stephens@ R E F E R E N C E Stephens, Pamela and Nancy Walkup, Bridging the Curriculum through Art: Interdisciplinary Connections, 3rd ed. Glenview, IL: Crystal Productions, 2015. A L L L E V E L S A student uses an image recognition app to discover information about a work of art located in the hallway of the school.

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