Analyzing Visuals in Print

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There's much more to a photograph than a click, and much more to a painting than brush strokes. Analyze the details of different types of visual media in print with a short activity. High schoolers study various images, including Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait and Juan Gris' Harlequin with a Guitar, and analyze how the details in each composition determine a mood and point of view.


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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Prompt learners to find examples of print images they'd like to analyze
  • Encourage young artists to create their own images to depict messages or moods
Classroom Considerations
  • Consider expanding the activity in some way, either by connecting it to the rest of the media literacy unit or bringing in additional images to analyze
  • The example images are in black and white; try to find the original versions in color for a more accurate analysis
  • Provides reference sheets with relevant vocabulary words and analysis strategies
  • Promotes critical thinking and comparing and contrasting skills
  • Simplistic lesson that has some connection to both advertising and art, but no depth in either subject
Common Core