Art Literacy Mat – Writing About Art


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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:

  • An Art Literacy Mat for the UK
  • A version for the USA (to account for different spellings)
  • A lesson plan for how to use the mat.

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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Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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I set up The Arty Teacher because I have a passion for my subject that I want to share with other art teachers around the world.

I have been a high school art teacher for over 20 years, so I understand what it’s like to be in front of a class of students, often with very different abilities and attitudes.

I wanted to develop resources that would help teachers to bring out the best in every student in every class. I also wanted to free-up staff from time-consuming lesson preparation to let them focus instead on delivering exciting, motivating, dynamic lessons, supported by excellent resources.

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