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Analyze Artwork

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Meet the artwork.

Color palette

  • What do you see?
  • What type of artwork do you think it is? Circle all that apply.
    Painting Drawing/Sketch Engraving/Lithograph Mural Sculpture Mixed Media
    Scene/Event Portrait Landscape Abstract Other
  • Is there a title?
  • If so, what does the title tell you?

Observe its parts.

  • Circle what you see in the artwork.
    People Objects Activities
  • What are the people doing in the artwork?
  • What are the objects used for in the artwork?
  • What activities are taking place in the artwork?
  • Write two words that describe the artwork.


Try to make sense of it.

  • Who do you think created the artwork?
  • What time period does the artwork show?
  • Why do you think it was created?
  • What is the main idea of the artwork? List two examples from the artwork that support the main idea.

Use it as historical evidence.

  • Where do you think you could find out more information about people or activities in the artwork?

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