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How to talk about ART with kids

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This title should probably read; How to talk about ART with kids, even when you don’t understand it yourself. I often hear people say they don’t understand art and therefore have no interest in it. The beauty about art is that everybody has a different experience of an artwork. You don’t have to understand it to be able to discuss it.

We went for a sculpture walk the other day and it prompted lots of questions from the kids about the artworks we were looking at.

Children like expressing their opinions and when they talk about art it’s no different. If you have some questions ready you can learn a lot about the artworks you are looking at as well as the ideas of the kids you are discussing art with. It is an amazing literacy challenge too, the kids (and yourself) may learn some new terminology (maybe assemblage could be your next favorite scrabble word!)

The Australian NSW Visual Arts syllabus requires students to appreciate and discuss art. Choose around TWO questions (from the total list) per artwork you are looking at and let the discussion happen! I also recommend just choosing a few artworks at a time, not a whole gallery at once. If a picture tells a thousand words than each artwork you view is like reading an essay.

Look (Talk about what you can see)

  • What is it made of? Is it a stone sculpture or a painting….is it both…?
  • Does it remind you of anything?
  • What does it resemble?
  • Is it realistic
  • How do you think it was made?


  • How does it make you feel? Is it sad, spooky or does it make you laugh?
  • Do you like it? Why or why not?


  • Who made the artwork?
  • Where are they from?
  • Is there information around that will tell us about the artist?


  • When was the artwork made? Is that surprising?
  • Does it look new or old?

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Subject areas: Visual Arts

Australian Curriculum:

  • Visual Arts:  ACAVAR109, ACAVAR113, ACAVAR117

Stages: All stages

NSW Outcomes addressed:

  • Visual Arts: VAES1.3, VAES1.4, VAS1.3, VAS1.4, VAS2.3, VAS2.4, VAS3.3, VAS3.4,

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