Beauty and Truth: Project Zero Global Thinking Routine
A Project Zero “Global Thinking” routine for exploring the complex interaction between beauty and truth. This routine invites students to consider how journalists and artists communicate ideas about the world. After picking an image or story to examine, the framework asks students to consider: “Can you find beauty in this [image, story]?,” “Can you find truth in this [image, story]?,” “How might beauty reveal truth?,” “How might beauty conceal truth?”
BEAUTY AND TRUTH
A routine for exploring the complex interaction between beauty and truth
1. Can you find beauty in this [image, story]?
2. Can you find truth in this [image, story]?
3. How might beauty reveal truth?
4. How might beauty conceal truth?
Purpose: What kind of thinking does this routine encourage?
This routine invites students to explore the complex interaction between beauty and truth and consider how journalists and artists comment on and communicate ideas about the world. This routine also helps students navigate the overwhelming quantities of information accessible in an increasingly visually-informed world.
Application: When and where can it be used?
In art and journalism, the routine aims to slow students’ thinking down and invite them to reflect about how quality work uses beauty to engage us to learn more about an issue and seek truth. The routine also invites a critical analysis of the ways in which beauty can mislead.
Launch: What are some tips for starting and using this routine?
Think of this routine as one that invites you and your students to a broad and deep conversation about a photograph or work of art. Allow time for individual students to share ideas of beauty and truth – constructs unlikely to have been explored explicitly in the past. In their discussion, students may reveal the misconception that photographs by their very nature reveal truth. In questions three and four, the terms “beauty” and “truth” can be inverted.
Use Rights Links: Global 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: SI Center For Learning And Digital Access