Last week I wrote an IG post regarding engaging children at a museum.
I wanted to expand on that writing and provided to you ( the keepers of the tiny humans ) with some more open-ended questions that will spark their curiosity, and encourage the child to think critically, to observe, express their feelings, and explore their own interpretations of the artwork – making their museum experience more interactive and much more enjoyable ( for the both of you ).
Here is our list of questions…
1. What do you notice first in this exhibit?
2. Can you describe what you see in this painting/sculpture?
3. How do you think the artist created this artwork?
4. What colors do you see? How do they make you feel?
5. If you could step into this painting, what would you do there?
6. What story do you think this artwork is telling?
7. What do you think the people in this artwork are thinking or feeling?
8. How is this exhibit different from others we’ve seen?
9. What shapes can you find in this artwork?
10. If you could give a name to this piece, what would it be?
11. What materials do you think the artist used to create this?
12. What do you think was happening in the world when this artwork was made?
13. What do you think the artist was trying to express or communicate?
14. How does this artwork make you feel?
15. What details do you notice when you look closely?
16. What would you ask the artist if you could meet them?
17. If you were to create something inspired by this exhibit, what would it be?
18. Can you imagine a different ending for the story depicted in this artwork?
19. How does this exhibit remind you of things you’ve seen or experienced before?
20. What do you think this artwork teaches us about the world?
After the museum visit, discussing what they learned and their favourite parts of the experience can solidify their understanding. This reflection reinforces the educational value and encourages them to think more deeply about the artworks they encountered. Remember that the primary goal is to create a positive and enriching experience for your children. Your involvement, encouragement, and openness to their thoughts and reactions will greatly contribute to their enjoyment and learning.
The Art Teacher