I found this great article that sums up how we talk about art at school. Making art is a PROCESS, and we usually start with sketches or brainstorming before we move on to “final art.” Even then, I am going around the room–looking and suggesting, asking questions and listening to the answers, taking notes in my planner, and basically, looking for insights into each student’s process, and helping them to realize their art process. These are great things to talk about with your student when they bring their artwork home, so I am adding these talking points below…
“What can you tell me about your picture?” This open-ended question is a great way to get kids talking about their art. It is especially good if you are not sure what the picture is. Nothing worse than saying, “What a lovely horse!” only to have the artist tell you that it is supposed to be a dog.
“How did you get the idea for this picture?” By explaining the inspiration, the young artist recognizes his/her own creative spark and makes the connection from real-life events to artistic creation
“What do you like about your picture?” Encourages the young artist to look carefully at his art and make a judgment. More importantly, this question teaches your child to value his own internal validation rather than performing in hopes of gaining the approval of others.
“What title would you give this work?” Titles can offer a new dimension to a piece of art. Also, a title encourages your child to think about the main idea or concept of her work.
“How were you feeling when you made this picture?” Connecting emotions with creative expression transfers to other content areas, including Language Arts.
“If you could make this picture again, what would you do differently?” Professional artists often make many versions of the same picture, trying new things, tweaking, experimenting. Encourage your young artist to do the same.