Giant List of Art Questions

1.            What are we looking at? (choose an artwork)

2.            What is in the picture? (choose an artwork)

3.            What do you think the work is about? (choose an artwork)

4.            What can you see in this work? List the things you can actually see. What can you perceive in this work? List the things you think are there, but cannot actually see. (choose an artwork)

5.            Do you think the artist looked at a subject or used memory or imagination? (choose an artwork)

6.            What time of day/year was it? (choose an artwork)

7.            Are there people in the picture? What are they doing? Why are they there?  (choose an artwork)

8.            What colours can you see?  What colours have been used? (choose an artwork)

9.            Is there one main colour or several? (choose an artwork)

10.          Why do you think the artist used these colors? (choose an artwork)

11.          Are there any light or dark parts? (choose an artwork)

12.          Are there any patterns? (choose an artwork)

13.          Is there a shape or a combination of shapes? (choose an artwork)

14.          Has the artist used line or tone in the work? (choose an artwork)

15.          Can you see lines/colours/textures/shapes/patterns in the picture? (choose an artwork)

16.          Does the work have a texture? (choose an artwork)

17.          Do you think that it is old or new? (choose an artwork)

18.          What might it be used for? (choose an artwork)

19.          What was the picture made of? (choose an artwork)

20.          Do you think the artist used sketches, or photographs, or something else? (choose an artwork)

21.          What materials were used? (choose an artwork)

22.          What tools may the artist has used? (choose an artwork)

23.          How long do you think it took to paint it? A short time or a long time? (choose an artwork)

24.          How do you think the picture was made? (choose an artwork)

25.          How do you think the artist started this work? Which part came first and which last? (choose an artwork)

26.          Have you seen anything like this before? (choose an artwork)

27.          Is there a mood or a feeling about the piece? (choose an artwork)

28.          What do you thing the artist was feeling during the making of the work? (choose an artwork)

29.          Can you associate any smells or sounds with the work? (choose an artwork)

30.          Is it quiet, noisy, happy, sad, frightened or calm? (choose an artwork)

31.          Where would you like to be in the picture? (choose an artwork)

32.          How does the work make you feel? (choose an artwork)

33.          How does the work feel? (choose an artwork)

34.          What else was going on in the world when he was making art? (choose an artist)

35.          What sort of person do you think he/she was? (choose an artist)

36.          Where did he live? (choose an artist)

37.          What was his lifestyle like? (choose an artist)

38.          What sort of person do you think he was and why? (choose an artist)

39.          How do you think his life would have influenced his art? (choose an artist)

40.          What is art?

41.          Who is an artist?

42.          How does art make us think better?

43.          Why is art necessary?

44.          How do people express themselves through art today?

45.          How has art changed through time?

46.          What choices must a painter make before beginning a work?

47.          What choices must a sculptor make before beginning a work?

48.          How does art help us think about people from the past?

49.          How does art help us tell people our feelings?

50.          How does art help us learn about other people?

51.          How do I use art in my everyday life?

52.          What problem solving skills do I need to create art?

53.          How do I use my knowledge of art vocabulary to create art?

54.          What skills and vocabulary do I need to appreciate visual art?

55.          How do I use my knowledge of art skills to create art?

56.          What choices must n artist make before beginning a work?

57.          What factors influence artists and artistic expression?

58.          How/where do artists get their ideas?

59.          How do artists choose tools, techniques, and materials to express their ideas?

60.          Why and how do people create?

61.          Why create art?

62.          What is the artistic process?

63.          Are some media better than others… (for communicating particular ideas, emotions to particular audiences)? Give examples.

64.          How can we use design principles to organize ideas? an color (rhythm, etc.) affect mood/emotions?

65.          Is the “medium the message”? why or why not?

66.          What responsibilities do  artists have to the public?

67.          How does art help us tell people our feelings?

68.          What makes my art look good?

69.          What do I love about art? Hate about art?

70.          What inspires me?

71.          What is my favorite thing to do in art?

72.          How can we ‘read’ and understand a work of art?

73.          What is beauty?

74.          Why do certain themes recur in art?

75.          How is feeling or mood conveyed – musically?, visually?, through movement? (choose a work)

76.          What makes a work of art great? Important? Powerful?

77.          If the work has subjects or characters, What is their relationship? What would they be thinking?  Saying?  (choose a work)

78.          What would this art sound like? ((choose a work)

79.          Why did the artist create this artwork? (choose a work)

80.          How does this art make you feel? Why does it make you feel that way? (choose a work)

81.          Do you think there are things in this artwork that represent other things, symbols? (choose a work)

82.          Is this art good enough for a museum? (choose a work)

83.          What do you think the artist was trying to say? (choose a work)

84.          Why did the artist create this artwork? (choose a work)

85.          Do you think there are things in the artwork that don’t make sense? (choose a work)

86.          Why is this (choose a work) work important?

87.          What can artworks tell us about a culture or society?

88.          In what ways do artists influence society?

89.          In what ways does society influence artists?

90.          How do artists from different eras present similar themes?

91.          What can we learn from studying the art of others?

92.          In what ways have artistic traditions, cultural values, and social issues influenced and/or given rise to new traditions/artistic expressions?

93.          In what ways has technology enhanced and increased the value of the image as a form of communication?

94.          How do people express themselves through art today?

95.          How has art changed through time?

96.          How does art help us think about people from the past?

97.          What makes art modern?

98.          Why are there so few great women artists?

99.          What does it mean to be a “successful” artist today?

100.        What do I love about art?

101.        What is art?

102.        Where can we find art?

103.        How does art communicate?

104.        How does art reflect culture?

105.        How does art shape culture?

106.        What kinds of things can be used to make art?

107.        Is a “picture worth a thousand words”?

108.        Do artists have a responsibility to their audiences?

109.        Do artists have a responsibility to society (e.g., to produce work that does not continue stereotypes or further prejudice)?

110.        Should we ever “censure” artistic expression?

111.        What is the role(s) of a museum?

112.        How do museums reflect continuity and changes in art?

113.        Why is art necessary?

114.        Who is an artist?

115.        Can art help me understand other subjects?

116.        Can other subjects help me understand art?

117.        What makes an artist successful?

118.        How does an artist use their art to communicate?

119.        Is ________ art?  (graffiti, a t-shirt, an orange square in a frame, etc.)  Why?

120.        How does art make us think better?

121.        How does art help us learn about other people?

122.        How do I use art in my everyday life?

123.        What makes a piece of visual art compelling?

124.        What makes me respond to art work?

125.        When I look at all forms of visual art can I see how the elements and principles have been applied?

126.        What makes art enduring?

127.        How is it a reflection of its time?

128.        How is art relevant in my life?

129.        How do I use the elements and principles of design to create effective art works?

130.        How can I effectively communicate my ideas to others?

131.        How can I apply the creative process beyond this subject area? (other subjects, real world)

132.        Do you like the work of art?  Why or why not?  Does it have artistic merit?

133.        Can I appreciate the design elements of a variety of works of art even if I don’ like them?

134.        How do the elements and principles help create a meaningful piece of art?

135.        What cultural influences have affected the artist or art work?

136.        Why do you think some artist publish their work and others keep it to themselves?

137.        Who is an artist?

138.        How does art make us think better?

139.        What makes my art look good?

140.        What inspires me?

141.        Why is art necessary?

142.        How do people express themselves through art today?

143.        How has art changed through time?

144.        What choices must a painter make before beginning a work?

145.        What choices must a sculptor make before beginning a work?

146.        How does art help us think about people from the past?

147.        How does art help us tell people our feelings?

148.        How does art help us learn about other people?

149.        How do I use art in my everyday life?

150.        What problem solving skills do I need to create art?

151.        How do I use my knowledge of art vocabulary to create art?

152.        What skills and vocabulary do I need to appreciate visual art?

153.        How do I use my knowledge of art skills to create art?

154.         How do I use what I learn in art in everyday life?

155.         How do I use what I learn in everyday life, in art?

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