Advanced Search

K-12 Educator
K-12 Student
Museum Visitor
UMMA Docent
UMMA Staff
University Faculty
University Student
Between and Mortarboard


UMMA Object Specific Fields





UMMA Exhibition Additional Fields




Query builder

Lesson Plan: Understanding Photographs

“Embracing Eatonville,” Offsite Exhibition UMMA Teacher Workshop, February 2007

Objectives

Students will analyze photographs individually or collectively.

National Core Standards

  • Perceive and analyze artistic work
  • Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work
  • Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work

Grades

6-12

Time Required

One class period

Materials

  • Photographs, prints or projections
  • Possibly cards, for written response

Lesson

This lesson is more of a suggestion for guided discussion. Use the following questions, as needed, to delve into analysis or any photograph.  These questions were developed in conjunction with the “Embracing Eatonville” exhibition, to help analyze historic photographs. They are meant to initiate critical thinking and discussion about your interpretation of the photograph as well as an understanding of the choices that each artist has made in his or her work.

Questions to ask about the photograph:

  • What is the subject of this photograph? What is being depicted?
  • What is familiar to you about this subject? What is unfamiliar or unusual to you? How/why?
  • Did the photographer place herself (or her camera) close to or far from this subject? Why do you think she might have done this?
  • How do you feel looking into this scene from such a distance/from such proximity?
  • What did the photographer put into focus? What is not put in focus? Why do you think the photographer would have done this?
  • If there are people in the photograph, how are they being depicted?
    • Are they active? What does their body language tell you?
    • How are they relating to other people?
    • Do they know that they are being photographed?
    • What kind of relationship might they have with the photographer, if any?
    • What could their facial expression tell you about them?
    • Can you figure out where or when they are from by how they are dressed? Why/why not?
    • What could their environment tell you about them?
  • Did the photographer choose to photograph in black and white or color? Why do you think so? Did he have this choice? What effect does using black and white (or color) have on your interpretation of the image?
  • Where is the light coming from in this photograph? What does is illuminated? What is more hidden by shadow?
  • How did the artist use color? What color do you notice first? Second? Does this influence how you understand the image? How so?
  • How did the photographer compose this image?
    • What is included in the frame? What might have been excluded?
    • Where is the subject or main focus of the image? Center, off-center?
    • How does she draw your attention to certain parts of the image?
  • What evidence can you find that would help you figure out when or where this photograph was taken?
  • What do you know about the photographer that might influence your understanding of the image?
  • What do you know about the subject that might influence your understanding of the image?

0 Comments

11 Tags & 0 Keywords

Tags
Analysis — by John Turner (October 17 2016 @ 10:57 am)
Focus — by John Turner (October 17 2016 @ 10:57 am)
Landscape — by John Turner (October 17 2016 @ 10:57 am)
Lesson — by John Turner (October 17 2016 @ 10:57 am)
Light — by John Turner (October 17 2016 @ 10:58 am)
Photographer — by John Turner (October 17 2016 @ 10:57 am)
Photography — by John Turner (October 17 2016 @ 10:57 am)
Portrait — by John Turner (October 17 2016 @ 10:57 am)
Questioning — by John Turner (October 17 2016 @ 10:57 am)
Relationship — by John Turner (October 17 2016 @ 10:57 am)
Subject — by John Turner (October 17 2016 @ 10:57 am)

Part of 1 Learning Collection

Lesson Plan: Asian Epics
“Stories from the Past: Narrative in Asian Art” UM...

Lesson Plan: Ganesha and Vishnu Avatars
“Divine Encounters, Earthly Pleasures: Twenty Centu...

Lesson Plan: Calligram
“Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, ...

Lesson Plan: Translating a Familiar Landscape
“Tradition Transformed: Chang Ku-nien Master Painte...

Lesson Plan: Collaborative Scroll of Images and Poetry
“Creative Literacies: Expanding our View,” UMMA Wor...

Lesson Plan: Community Contracts
“Curriculum Slam: Classroom Resources,” November 29...

Lesson Plan: Compare and Contrast Drawing and Sculpture
UMMA Exhibition, “The Graphic Dimension: Prints and...

Lesson Plan: Content and Style – Corresponding or Contradicting?
“Creative Literacies: Expanding our View,” UMMA Wor...

Lesson Plan: Setting the Scene – Descriptive Writing with Photography
“Teaching with Photography,” UMMA Workshop for Educ...

Lesson Plan: Not a Failure . . . Just a Draft
“Creative Literacies: Expanding our View,” UMMA Wor...

Lesson Plan: Egungun Mask
UMMA Teacher Workshop, 2009 Lesson created by Clau...

Lesson Plan: Environmental Art
“Andy Goldsworthy: Mountain and Coast, Autumn Into ...

Lesson Plan: Family Dynamics
“Curriculum Slam: Classroom Resources,” November 29...

Lesson Plan: Finding Inspiration
“Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, ...

Lesson Plan: Image Sequence
“Inge Morath and Arthur Miller: China,” UMMA Teach...

Lesson Plan: Making Paint
“Curriculum Slam!” UMMA Teacher Workshop, October 2...

Lesson Plan: Road Trip Memory Book
“Silk Road to Clipper Ship: Trade, Changing Markets...

Lesson Plan: Memory Maps, Using the Mitchell Map (1755)
“Benjamin West: General Wolfe and the Art of Empire...

Lesson Plan: Multipoint Perspective: Using Art to Teach Writing
“Creative Literacies: Expanding our View,” UMMA Wor...

Lesson Plan: Murals and Math
“The Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii: Ancient Rit...

Lesson Plan: The New Sublime and Photographic Landscape
“Teaching with Photography” UMMA Teacher Workshop,...

Lesson Plan: Panorama Handscroll Using Multiple Literacies
Lesson inspired by Elaine Wilson’s “Charting the Wo...

Lesson Plan: Photo Voice
“Casting Shadows” UMMA Teacher Workshop, December 6...

Lesson Plan: Photographic Genre Image Hunt
“Inge Morath and Arthur Miller: China,” UMMA Teach...

Lesson Plan: Photographic “Truth”
“Teaching with Photography,” UMMA Workshop for Educ...

Lesson Plan: Photography, Shadow, and Collage
“Inge Morath and Arthur Miller: China,” UMMA Teach...

Lesson Plan: Photojournalism
“Teaching with Photography,” UMMA Workshop for Educ...

Lesson Plan: Playing with Scale in Landscape or Still Life
“Tradition Transformed: Chang Ku-nien Master Painte...

Lesson Plan: Exploring the Emotional Impact of Portraiture Through Free Writing
UMMA Teacher Workshop, “Xu Weixin: Monumental Portr...

Lesson Plan: Portraiture and Identity
“Mai Thu Perret: An Ideal for Living,” UMMA Teache...

Lesson Plan: Positive and Negative Space in Photography
“Teaching with Photography,” UMMA Workshop for Educ...

Lesson Plan: The Science of Seeing Art
“Curriculum Slam: Classroom Resources,” November 29...

Lesson Plan: Setting Up a Collaborative Short Story
“Teaching with Landscape Photography,” UMMA Teacher...

Lesson Plan: Six Room Image Poem
“Creative Literacies: Expanding our View,” UMMA Wor...

Lesson Plan: Artists and Social Change
UMMA Workshop for Educators, “Casting Shadows,” pho...

Lesson Plan: Understanding Photographs
“Embracing Eatonville,” Offsite Exhibition UMMA Te...

Lesson Plan: Visible Thinking
UMMA Exhibition, “The Graphic Dimension: Prints and...

Lesson Plan: Sketching and Exploring
“On Beauty and the Everyday: The Prints of James Mc...

Lesson Plans: Ideas for Writing with Portraits
UMMA Teacher Workshop, “Xu Weixin: Monumental Portr...

Lesson Plan: Zen Pinch Pot
UMMA Teacher Workshop, March 19, 2003

Lesson Plan: Zoom In: The Significance of Detail
“Creative Literacies: Expanding our View,” UMMA Wor...

Rate this Resource

AVG: 0 | Ratings: 0

& Author Notes

Creative Commons by-nc-sa

Last Updated

March 6, 2017 1:19 a.m.

Report


Reporting Policy