ALEX Learning Activity


iNotice 3

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Author: Casaundra Taylor
System:Huntsville City
School:Academy For Academics & Arts
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2017
iNotice 3
Digital Tool/Resource:
Famous Artists Gallery
Web Address – URL:

The students will use the iNotice 3 strategy to identify subject matter and describe relevant details.

This activity was created as a result of the Arts COS Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: K
Visual Arts
12) Interpret art by identifying subject matter and describing relevant details.

Example: Answer questions such as, "What do you see?" or "How does this art make you feel?"

Unpacked Content
Artistic Process: Responding
Anchor Standards:
Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
Process Components: Perceive, Analyze, Interpret
Essential Questions:
EU: People gain insights into meanings of artworks by engaging in the process of art criticism.
EQ: What is the value of engaging in the process of art criticism? How can the viewer "read" a work of art as text? How does knowing and using visual arts vocabularies help us understand and interpret works of art?
Concepts & Vocabulary:
  • Art
  • Artwork
  • Collaboratively
  • Collage
  • Cool colors
  • Warm colors
  • Elements of Art
    • Color
    • Line
    • Shape
  • Imaginative play
  • Play
  • Portfolio
  • Primary colors
  • Principles of design
    • Pattern
  • Printmaking
Skill Examples:
  • Identify art in their community, such as landscaping, etc.
  • Communicate the ideas and stories he/she sees in a work of art.
  • Recognize and point out basic elements of art in their own artwork and that of others.
  • Describe the meaning in the marks they make on paper.
  • Compare a photograph or painting of a vase to a real vase.
  • Explain what they think a piece of artwork means.
  • Listen carefully to the point of views of others and recognize that people have different opinions and responses.
  • Share what they see in a piece of artwork by listing items seen using art vocabulary. Answer questions such as, "What do you see?" or "How does this art make you feel?"
  • Explain why they like or do not like a piece of artwork.
  • Explain why he/she likes or dislikes his/her own artwork.
Learning Objectives:

The students will interpret art by identifying subject matter and describe relevant details. Students will ask and answer questions about a painting. 

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

  • Look at the image posted on the board. (Images may be retrieved from the Famous Artists Gallery website.)
  • Students may come up to the board to look closely at the picture.
  • A student will pick 3 items they see in the picture.
  • Then the teacher asks one student, "What is 1 thing you notice about each item?"
  • That student (or teacher) then calls on another student.
  • That student has to make an observation or draw a conclusion about the item the other student found in the picture.
  • This is done 3 times.
  • This strategy allows students to examine a piece of artwork closely to interpret the artwork and identify the subject matter and describe the details. 
Assessment Strategies:

The teacher will facilitate the lesson and strategy while listening to the students' interpretations. The teacher will guide the students if needed and take anecdotal notes of students who are struggling to interpret and identify the subject matter of the painting. 

Advanced Preparation:

Famous Artists Gallery

This website is for paintings by Dali. 

This website is for paintings by VanGogh. 

This website is for paintings by O'Keeffe. 


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