Writing About Art Literacy Mat

Use this literacy mat to support writing about art. Simply ask your students to write a sentence about each of the categories e.g. line, tone/value, texture etc using the adjectives provided. This has been designed to work with any artwork. A good example is also included on the place-mat using a painting by Klimt. This 3-page download includes:

An Art Literacy Mat for the UK
A version for the USA (to account for different spellings)
A lesson plan for how to use the mat.

I always tell students that they don’t need to limit themselves to the words on the list, so this provides support for those who need it but also lets other students fly!
This is also ideal for gallery education.


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Created: Jul 25, 2016

Updated: Jun 27, 2020

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