Responding to Art

Responding to Art is a class created for our Bengal Success Period enrichment.  The objective for this enrichment class is to use art as a stimulus for reading and writing.  We want to appreciate aspects of art and express a personal response.  We meet once a week for four weeks.  Students and staff alternate between remediation and enrichment classes.  Students rank their class preference and every effort is made to give students their top choices.  Staff chose and wrote their own enrichment lessons.


Session 1:   Title: Tres Riches Heures by Limbourgh Brothers

Objectives (fine arts, language arts, science):

  • Appreciate the art & purpose of this artwork
  • encourage personal journaling
  • encourage actions that result in positive response of the endocrine system


  • observe
  • annotate informational text
  • discuss
  • create own journal/reflection book



Session 2 & 3:  Title: Reach High

Objectives: Interpret Symbolism & intent in murals


1.  Analyze image for theme and elements that support the theme

2.  Read informational text & discuss How a mural is made

3.  Driving Tour of Philadelphia murals: The Alber M. Greenfield African American Iconic Images Collection

4.  Create group/class mural (need to come to consensus on theme and plan)

  • session 2 must turn in paper with all group members’ names, theme, and brainstorming
  • session 3 will involve readings that support your group’s chosen theme
  • completed murals will be displayed and advertised

Themes & reading selections Bengal Success Period rotation #2 (These topics were chosen by student groups)


Musical Happiness

Never Surrender


Star Hands (Unity in Diversity)

Session 4:  Title – Grecian “Canteen


  • To compare various works of art, with focus on how the artist uses color and lines to direct the viewer’s attention.
  • To distinguish between observation and inference (key science terms for distinguishing data and conclusions; key language arts terms for defending a position when writing an essay)

Works of art used in this session include (but are not limited to):

  • Ancient Grecian Hydria (water jug)  Women’s Foot Race
  • Marc Changall  The Promenade
  • Sonia Delaunay   Prismes Electriques
  • Escher   Symmetry Drawing
  • Emmanuel Taiwo Jegede   Ona Ayao-Path Of Joy
  • Claude Monet   Water Lilies
  • Georgia O’Keeffe  Oriental Poppies
  • Faith Ringgold   Tar Beach
  • Norman Rockwell  Marbles Champion
  • Henri Rousseau   Tropical Forest With Monkeys
  • Georges Seurat   Study for “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte”
  • Jaune Quick-To-See Smith   Buffalo
  • Vincent Van Gogh  The Room At Marles and The Starry Night

 From student reflections/exit tickets:

“I learned how to write better because of the art journal.  I also learned how to work with a group on one big thing when we did the mural.” -Deja

“In class we did murals, and talked & learned how murals were made.  I saw and learned about looking at different arts.  The lines drawn on art draw you to different parts of the artwork.” -Itzayana

“I learned about a lot of arts and I learned about fashion and parts of artwork and where did the artwork come from.” -Amaya

“Something I learned was that some art is done by pointillism, a canvas covered by tiny dots.  Also we learned that the lines in your body [draw your eye for impact with fashion]…you put [the hem of] your capri pants where the diamond is in your legs.” -April

“I learned how to use different techniques to draw people’s eyes to something.” -Kyleigh

“I have learned the aspects of art and how it can boost your confidence.  Murals can enlighten your mood and turn a bad day around.  Reach High and you will go far.”  (Reach High is the title of a mural we studied.)  -Kelly

“When we looked at Reach High it made me think to “never surrender.” Also…when we looked at different art I learned that certain painting makes it look like it’s moving.” -Nicoales

“I learned how to make a mural.  Also I learned the history on some of the paintings.” -D’Aysha

“Doing the mural helped me learn that different things can symbolize a theme.  Also, I learned how color, lines, symmetry and numbers can help make your artwork more attractive.” -Mykala

“I learned that odd numbers make your brain constantly move because your brain thinks something is unbalanced.” -Jack


*art image sources are cited in powerpoints

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