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Discussing Art

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The Artful Thinking program takes the image of an artist’s palette as its central metaphor. The artful thinking palette is comprised of 6 thinking dispositions – 6 basic colors, or forms, of intellectual behavior – that have dual power: They are powerful ways of exploring works of art, and powerful ways of exploring subjects across the school curriculum. The Artful Thinking palette comes alive through the use of “thinking routines.” Each thinking disposition has several thinking routines connected to it. Thinking routines are short, easy-to-learn mini-strategies that extend and deepen students’ thinking and become part of the fabric of everyday classroom life. They are used flexibly and repeatedly — with art, and with a wide variety of topics in the curriculum, particularly in language arts and social studies.

I’ve redesigned the booklet and if you are a classroom teacher, you may find the resource of use to use visual art in your curriculum.

You can download the pdf via Issuu here, or via Google Docs.



Use images and works of art to generate class discussions, artwork and writing ideas.


The Expressive Qualities of Art article


Finding Meaning in Contemporary Art article 


When Words Fail Us

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