Welcome to Concordia University Chicago’s link to Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories, a tool to promote visual literacy through artwork. Recognizing visual cues in a work of art as well as being aware of the times and conditions in which an artist lived enables students to better interpret its imagery, draw conclusions about its effectiveness, and speak critically about the art.
Art education research indicates students enjoy a richer art experience and improved visual comprehension when the following four disciplines are included in the art experience: Art History (the study of past artists), Art Aesthetics (response to art), Art Criticism (discussion of art using art vocabulary), and Art Production (hands-on making of art). Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories focuses mainly on art history by providing a biographical sketch of the artist, an image of one of the artist’s specific works and details about that work. It also provides class discussion questions and ideas for hands-on exploration. Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories is a free, downloadable resource with ten lessons per grade level.
The development of Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories was funded by a grant from the John and Frances Beck Foundation of Chicago, Illinois, whose mission is to initiate and support projects that effectively promote literacy and learning among children, youth, and adults.
Deb Herman, M.F.A.
Professor of Art
Concordia University Chicago