Colors / Shapes / Lines: Project Zero Artful Thinking Routine
A Project Zero "Artful Thinking" routine for exploring forms in an artwork. This routine helps students make detailed observations by drawing their attention to the forms in an artwork and giving them specific categories of things to look for. Uses the questions: “What colors do you see?”, “What shapes do you see?”, and “What lines do you see?”
COLORS / SHAPES / LINES
A routine for exploring forms in an artwork
1. What colors do you see?
2. What shapes do you see?
3. What lines do you see?
Purpose: What kind of thinking does this routine encourage?
The routine helps students make detailed observations by drawing their attention to the forms in an artwork –its formal aspects–and giving them specific categories of things to look for.
Application: When and where can it be used?
The routine can be used with any kind of visual art. It can also be used with other visually rich images or objects.
Launch: What are some tips for starting and using this routine?
Ask students to look at the artwork or object for a moment before asking them the questions in the routine. Like the Looking: Ten Times Two routine, students can use the routine on its own, or prior to having a discussion about an artwork with another routine. It is especially useful before a writing activity because it helps students develop descriptive language.
Use Rights Links: Artful Thinking by Project Zero is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Educational Use: Guided questions, Inquiry, Visual/Spatial, Discussion/Debate
Learning Resource Type: None
Educational Role: teacher
Time required: 1 hr
Interactivity Type: Active
Accessibility Feature: none
Accessibility Hazard: noFlashingHazard, noMotionSimulationHazard, noSoundHazard
Accessibility Control: None
Publisher: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access