Basic Lesson Plan


What can we learn from looking at an art object?

Performance Objective

Students examine an image, analyze its components, and begin to learn about its meaning.

Grade Level

All Grades


• Visual representation of an object (go to slideshow)
• Looking exercise


Students’ verbal responses, drawings, and written commentaries


Teachers should use the looking exercise to lead the students in a visual exploration of each object.

  1. Make a list on the blackboard of features that students see in the image.
  2. After the questioning is completed, each student draws the object. Teachers may want to have each student record the drawings in a special notebook of Asia Art.
  3. Each student writes a short description of the object next to the drawing.


A class visit to a museum or gallery that exhibits the kind of objects being discussed.