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Activity Idea: Caption This (Quick Tip)

Give students a print out of the selected work of art (or a line-drawing version). Discuss captions–define them, consider how they influence how you view an image. As individuals, have them look at the painting and begin to label what they see on the reproduction. After some time working alone, have them pair up with another student and compare what they labeled. Use this process as a jumping off point for a discussion of the work within groups. After examining and discussing the work of art, ask each group to come up with a brief caption for the image. Have them decide if the work of art calls from a serious message, something funny, or a larger question.