Writing About Art


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Writing about art is a lesson that helps develop student’s ability to write using subject-specific language and descriptively.  Students write down their own key words, adjectives from a list and then write a paragraph about an artwork.  The lesson plans includes detailed instructions so that the teacher can model this process before the students do this.  This download includes:

  • A detailed lesson plan that has all the written information required to model this activity.
  • 4 artworks that are good to write about. (You could always add more!)
  • 1 artwork that is the teacher example.
  • A two-page list of appropriate adjectives.

I designed this writing about art resource to use with my A Level students (age 17) before they embark on the written element of the personal investigation.  It would also be good to use with GCSE students.

There are many art literacy resources on The Arty Teacher website.

The Arty Teacher

Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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Sarah Crowther – The Arty Teacher

I set up The Arty Teacher because I have a passion for my subject that I want to share with other art teachers around the world.

I have been a high school art teacher for over 20 years, so I understand what it’s like to be in front of a class of students, often with very different abilities and attitudes.

I wanted to develop resources that would help teachers to bring out the best in every student in every class. I also wanted to free-up staff from time-consuming lesson preparation to let them focus instead on delivering exciting, motivating, dynamic lessons, supported by excellent resources.

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