Before You Go ~ Visual Arts & Design

CCSS for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing
Reasearch to Build and Present Knowledge p.41
7.  Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
8.  Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

Visual Arts and Design Enduring Understanding 4; Aesthetic - Applying knowledge of Visual Arts and Design in order to reflect on and evaluate the work of self and others.  High School Assessment Targets Students make observations and evaluations of works of art and design to gain meaning and describe the value of works of art and design in society.  GSE's for Gr 9-12 VAD4 (9-12) -1a:  Students reflect upon, evaluate the work of self and other by describing subject matter, media, techniques, processes, craftmanship and relevant visual arts concepts seen in a work of art or design. 


Preparing to attend a field trip museum or gallery show allows us to bring depth of knowledge to our role as young patrons of the arts, as well as our work as young artists.  Whether gained through years of art classes and critique, or through the fresh eyes of of someone new to this art form and just beginning to learn its histories and language, artists and their works....BYB field trips provide a local start on a journey to the art world's great spaces and places!

Knowledge of visual arts and design helps us reflect on and evaluate museum and gallery shows, and information about the artists and their work, the gallery or museum and its mission is a great place to start before going to a show.  This introductory project helps you to get ready to GO!

Methods / Materials: 

Research to Build and Present Knowledge:

1.  Using any device for keeping notes:  record the following questions:
a.  What is the name of the museum or gallery?
b.  What is the title of the show?
c.  Who is the artist (or artists)?
d.  Who is the gallery/museum director or curator?
e.  What has been prior (if any) critical response to this artist(s)?

2.  Visit the artist(s) and/or gallery/museum official web site and read major menu items such as the home page, artist biography or artist statement, museum "about us" or mission.

3.  Answer items a-e in your notes.

4.  Search the web for press reviews of this artist(s).  Read reviews.

5.  To prepare for the show, read material (digital or print) about the artist(s), for whom there may be biographical material.  Major artists may have biographies, autobiographies, memoirs.  Read about the school or movement in art that influences the work you will see. Check for documentary film about artists and related arts genres.

Time to Complete: 

15 minutes - 3 hours depending on choice from or combination of items from Methods and Materials.

Task Type:

Depth of Knowledge: