Second-graders analyze and interpret artwork

Second-graders analyze and interpret artwork photo
Through studying the work of several Abstract Expressionist artists such as Franz Klein, Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Cy Twombly, second-graders in Meghan Hallock’s art classes have discovered how to select a feeling or emotion and achieve that mood using color, line and shape in their own works.

“I think it’s so important to teach young artists how to analyze and interpret art,” Hallock said. “Students are learning how art can convey meaning and not just be a pretty picture on a wall.”

As part of the state learning standards for the arts, analyzing and interpreting artwork by engaging in the process of art criticism is a valuable tool for students to learn, allowing them to gain insight into the works’ meaning.

Hallock provided each student a template to use for the critiquing process which asked them to describe the painting using the art elements, think about what the artwork was about and what feelings they experienced, ask the artist questions and give a compliment. Students worked with a partner and critiqued each other’s paintings. When they finished, they shared what they wrote and answered each other’s questions.