Developing creative thinking and understanding: using artworks in the English classroom

Bev Steer, Carey Baptist Grammar School:

Learning intentions:

  • To use an artwork or visual image as a stimulus for writing;
  • As a class or group to reflect and discuss the messages in the artwork and share and build on each others’ ideas;
  • To create a written piece that reflects an individual response demonstrating deep thinking, creativity, understanding and thoughtful consideration of others’ ideas.

Steps in this approach to learning are:

  • Seat students in a semi-circle around the painting;
  • Students are given time to view the painting and to think—3 minutes. The ‘Thinking Routine: See, Think, Connect’ could be used in this step as a means of students gathering ideas and information.
  • Ideas are then shared and expanded in a group discussion.
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