Use this literacy mat to support writing about art. Simply ask your students to write a sentence about each of the categories e.g. line, tone/value, texture etc using the adjectives provided. This has been designed to work with any artwork. A good example is also included on the place-mat using a painting by Klimt. This 3-page download includes:
I always tell students that they don’t need to limit themselves to the words on the list, so this provides support for those who need it but also lets other students fly!
This is also ideal for gallery education.
There are many art literacy resources on The Arty Teacher.
If you want to dive deeper into art literacy, take a look at the glossary on The Tate website called ‘Tate Terms‘.
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