Art Thinking

The Art Thinking section of this site focuses on critical thinking, looking at, reflecting on and responding to art, with many teaching activities to help build these "art thinking" skills. This includes writing about art, research skills, developing vocabulary, and using investigation and research to support art making.

Also in this section are resources on culture and context and examples of how to include this in our teaching. Culture is addressed from a geographic point of view but also from a thematic angle, with examples within different cultural, social and contexts. Cross curricular connections are a great way to develop art work related to other topics the student is studying.

Here are some of the topics in the Art Thinking section

Intuitive Response

a way of introducing students to formulate and articulate a response when looking at artworks for the first time

Writing about Art

Research and Practice How research informs and supports art practice

Finding Information on Artists

Web Resources for Art History

Referencing and Citing Sources

Building Art Vocabulary

Art Glossaries

Cross Curricular Connections

Different disciplines approach creativity, exploration and research in different ways and from different perspectives; when working together they open up new ways of seeing, experiencing and interpreting the world around us. From Art and Chemistry  to Sound Art ,lots of suggestions for how to integrate art with other subject areas.

Culture and Context

This large section looks at teaching contextual understanding, with pages on Cultural Perspective, on discovering Your Cultural Influences, with helpful links to art history resources,  Timelines and teaching ideas from  Renaissance Selfies to African American Quilting

Selected Pages


Intuitive Response 2 December 2018

When looking at art works for the first time we naturally have an intuitive response, we like or we don’t like or maybe...


Interdisciplinary Connections 23 November 2018

Collaboration between the arts and other subject areas has the potential to create new knowledge, and cross fertilize ideas...


Cultural and Geographic Focus 13 November 2017

Our notion of art is primarily taught from a Western, European perspective. These pages are an invitation to explore the...

Mindmapping 29 June 2019

Mindmaps can be very useful in many occasions, particularly when a student is having trouble...

Historical Context 30 March 2019

Many art works require a knowledge of historical context in order to be understood, this is especially true of contemporary...

Culture and Context 3 December 2018

Encouraging awareness and understanding of culture, ones own, as well as others, is at the core of the IB philosophy. There...

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