Month: October 2015

Disciplinary Text-Sets


Giving students a few activities such as reading about art can guide students to understand art better. My focus on teaching students about how to critique art work will bring grater discussion in my classroom and students will be able to use art terms through visuals.

Text#1: Postmodern Principles

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This text explains the postmodern principles with text and visual images of each principle subject.

This text isn’t too lengthy, easy to read with broken paragraphs explaining each principle with visual examples. What’s nice about this text is not only does it go over the principle and explains what it is but it also explains why it is used and how it is used. This will help students understand why artist make art a certain way and what it means to use it in that way. Once thing that I will do to make sure students are understanding this text is to go through each principle, stop and explain it with other examples other than the ones given in the text. That way students will not have to feel they are the only one not understanding the text.


  • Appropriation
  • Juxtaposition
  • Recontextualization
  • Layering
  • Interaction with Text & Image
  • Hybridity
  • Gazing
  • Representin

An activity that can be done with the students get into groups and work on an example piece of the given principle to be presented in front of the class. Having an activity like this will help students understand what the principle means and understand that it can do to  piece of art.


Text#2: Principles of Possibility 

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This text gives a great information about the another type of way to form art.

This text is little lengthy with broken paragraphs but it can be shorten down by having each group of students read them and be explained. Having these guidelines of principles can help students discuss with each other about their work during a critique.


  • Playing
  • Forming Self
  • Investigating Community Themes
  • Encountering Difference
  • Attentive Living
  • Empowered Experiencing
  • Empowered Making
  • Deconstructing Culture
  • Reconstructing Social Spaces
  • Not Knowing

An activity that can be done with the students are having small group discussions and every group will get a picture of each principle. They will talk it through as a group and present what principle they are and why and explain the principle is. This activity will make the class more interactive and students will be able to learn better that way.

Text#3: Art Elements & Principles of Design

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This text reviews the basic art elements and principles made up in art works.

This text is not lengthy as all. It is direct and easy to read with lots of examples and well defined text for students to understand it quickly. Having this text will guide students to use easy terms like these when critiquing each others work and it will also bring rich discussion amongst the class.


  • Line
  • Space
  • Form
  • Shape
  • Color
  • Value
  • Texture
  • Empathy
  • Balance
  • Pattern
  • Movement
  • Rhythm
  • Unity
  • Scale/Proportion

A great activity that can be done with the students and having them do their own examples in their sketchbook journals of each element and principle. This can be done on the first week of school that way it will become like their own little dictionary when they are using it when making their art work. This can later be used when they are critiquing their own work and others.

Text#4: smART Kids

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This is more of an activity for students that lets then read and see art on the computer.

The text is not too lengthy giving students direct information about the art piece and lets them have little fun. By having this interactive game students will have more fun reading and see that it is like to critique a work from what they are reading and the information they are getting from the art work.

A post activity that can be done with this is having students picking one art piece they find the most interesting and sharing it with the class as a small report of what they have learned, what types of elements and principles it contains, and using other art terms they have learned from the readings.

Another activity I would probably do with the students would be taking them to the art museum after this mini activity so they will see more work, take notes on piece they enjoyed and choose one to report back in class, that way I know they are learning and are using the art terms.

Text#5: KEEMO’s Art Blog


This blog is based on an artist nicknamed  KEEMO. His blog contains his work inspired by everyday activities.

This blog isn’t too lengthy which gives students a chance to enjoy reading his blogs about his work because it is more story based and are really fun to read about why he decided to make his art based on that particular event that just happened. Having a blog for students to read gives them something they understand in everyday language and just enjoy seeing the work.

An activity I would do with the students would be to make an artwork based on an event in their life relating back to KEEMO’s ideas and incorporating his style into their piece. They will play with the art elements, principles, postmodern and so one that can be used of art terms. This will all tie back to all the readings. In the end the critique will bring so much fun and inspiration while using the terms they have all learned about.

These texts tie well together because it involves the students to really look and see the detail in pieces when learning more about art in all. Understanding the principles and design elements, it will comes from the art they are seeing everyday. By going through these text, students will be able to use their knowledge from the readings to discuss it in their work then they submit a self reflective and/or critique others work. In the end, students will have a grater knowledge of the art making.