Ready-to-go resources are short, flexible learning activities that center art as texts. In “Compare and Connect” students use a guiding question to compare works of art within the context of a shared theme and produce brief writing examples.
Guiding Question: How do masks connect to our identity?
Featuring Helmet Mask (Sowei) and Lorna Simpson’s Vantage Point
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Total Activity Pacing: 30 min, spread over 2 days.
- In this Compare and Connect activity, students will view two different photographs. Students will be exploring the different artworks of masks
- In Day One: Discuss, students will discuss what they notice about the masks. Students will make inferences about what they think the masks are for and what they represent. Students will then share how the masks connect and show up in the identities of those who made them.
- In Day Two: Write, students will write an explanatory text stating the similarities and differences of the two masks and how they are used in the artwork.