Purpose and History of Visual Arts

Purpose of Art History in Curriculum

  • The goal is not to like all the art but to understand why it’s representative of that time or theme.
  • Think about why a piece would have been chosen to be in the National Gallery rather than whether you like it (we talked about this idea with the controversy around the Voice of Fire painting).
  • Also looking at different Mentor Artists helps you see how others used the different elements of design (and image-making strategies) to make a statement about a big idea or answer an inquiry question.

Reasoning and Reflecting Strategies