This game gives students opportunities to answer a variety of interpretation-based questions about an artwork while adding an element of chance.
Time: 5-10 mins
Put students at ease by reminding them that there are no wrong answers when sharing their opinions about art.
Decide which questions the die numbers will correlate to.
- This activity can be done in pairs, small groups, or a large group. You might do a round as a large group, then pair students up for additional discussions.
- Invite students to examine a pre-selected artwork. Give students a few minutes to silently look while taking note of all the things they are noticing. Students may want to write down their observations to help them remember.
- Explain that students will roll a die (or multiple dice depending on how many questions you have), and the number they get will correlate to a question they will need to answer.
- Have students take turns tossing the die and answering questions.
- Encourage students to go deeper and defend their interpretations by asking questions like, “What do you see that makes you say that?”; “How does that make you feel?”; or “Why do you think Clyfford Still may have done that?”
- What is surprising about this artwork?
- What is exciting about this artwork?
- If you could add something to this artwork, what would it be?
- If you could take something away from this artwork, what would it be?
- What emotions do you feel when you look at this artwork?
- If this artwork was a food, what would it taste like?
- If this artwork was a smell, what would it smell like?
- If this artwork was music, what would it sound like?
- If this artwork were a place, what would the weather be like?
- If this artwork could talk, what would it say?
- What would you ask the artist about this artwork?
- What do you think the artist may have been feeling when they created this artwork?
- If you could choose somewhere to display this artwork, where would you put it?
- What is your favorite part of the artwork?
- What is your least favorite part of the artwork?