How Might You Use Inquiry Questions?

Many teachers and students find it helpful to frame or guide a course with questions.
Here’s a list of questions, assembled from several websites, to get Parajumpers women you thinking of some possibilities- how you use them is up to you and your students! You might also create questions with your students to help them parajumpersonlinestore guide the content of their work.

Some examples for beginning inquiry questions:

  • What do you notice…?
  • How might…?
  • How would you describe..?
  • Why do you think..?
  • In what ways might…?

Process

  • What choices must an artist make before beginning a work?
  • What makes my art look good?
  • What inspires me?
  • What factors influence artists and artistic expression?
  • How/where do artists get their ideas?
  • How do artists choose tools, techniques, and materials to express their ideas?
  • Why create art?
  • What is the artistic process?
  • Are some media better than others… (for communicating particular ideas, emotions to particular audiences)?
  • How can we use design principles to organize ideas? a color (rhythm, etc.) affect mood/emotions?
  • Is the “medium the message”?
  • Do artists have a responsibility to be pc?
  • How does art help us tell people our feelings?
  • What makes my art look good?
  • What do I love about art?
  • What inspires me?
  • What makes art “great”?
  • How can we ‘read’ and understand a work of art?
  • What is beauty?
  • Why do certain themes recur in art?
  • How is feeling or mood conveyed – musically?, visually?, through movement?
  • What makes a work of art great?
  • (If the work has subjects or characters) What is their relationship? What would they be thinking?  Saying?
  • What would this art sound like?
  • What do you think the artist was trying to say?
  • Why do you think the artist created this artwork?
  • How does this art make you feel? Why does it make you feel that way?
  • Do you think there are things in this artwork that represent other things, symbols?
  • What do you think the artist was trying to say?
  • Why did the artist create this artwork?
  • Do you think there are things in the artwork that don’t make sense?
  • Why is this work important?

History

  • What can artworks tell us about a culture or society?
  • In what ways do artists influence society?
  • In what ways does society influence artists?
  • How do artists from different eras present similar themes?
  • What can we learn from studying the art of other communities and cultures?
  • Why do you think people began creating artwork?
  • In what ways have artistic traditions, cultural values, and social issues influenced and/or given rise to new traditions/artistic expressions?
  • In what ways has technology enhanced and increased the value of the image as a form of communication?
  • How do people express themselves through art today?
  • How has art changed through time?
  • How does art help us think about people from the past?
  • What makes art modern?
  • Why are there so few women artists represented in museums?
  • What does it mean to be a “successful” artist today?

General

  • What do I love about art?
  • Where can we find art?
  • How does art communicate?
  • How does art reflect culture?
  • How does art shape culture?
  • What kinds of things can be used to make art?
  • Is a “picture worth a thousand words”?
  • Do artists have a responsibility to their audiences?
  • Do artists have a responsibility to society (e.g., to produce work that does not continue stereotypes or further prejudice)?
  • Should we ever “censure” artistic expression?
  • What is the role(s) of a museum?
  • How do museums reflect continuity and changes in art?
  • Can art help me understand other subjects?
  • Can other subjects help me understand art?
  • What makes an artist successful?
  • How does an artist use their art to communicate?
  • Is ________ art?  (graffiti, a t-shirt, an orange square in a frame, etc.)  Why?
  • How does art make us think better?
  • How does art help us learn about other people?
  • How do I use art in my everyday life?
  • What makes a piece of visual art compelling?
  • What makes me respond to artwork?
  • When I look at all forms of visual art can I see how the elements and principles have been applied?
  • What makes art enduring?
  • How is it a reflection of its time?
  • How is art relevant in my life?
  • How do I use the elements and principles of design to create effective art works?
  • How can I effectively communicate my ideas to others?
  • How can I apply the creative process beyond this subject area? (other subjects, real world)
  • Do you like the work of art?  Why or why not?  Does it have artistic merit?
  • Can I appreciate the design elements of a variety of works of art even if I don’ like them?
  • How do the elements and principles help create a meaningful piece of art?
  • What cultural influences have affected the artist or artwork?
  • Who is an artist?
  • How do people express themselves through art today?
  • How has art changed through time?
  • What choices must an artist make before beginning a work?
  • How does art help us tell people our feelings?
  • How does art help us learn about other people?

 

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