Killer Whale Crest Hat Preston Singletary, Tlingit, American 2004 height 7.5 in. x 17.75 in. diameter Denver Art Museum Collection: Gift of Polly and Mark Addison, 2012.10 Students on an early childhood tour at the Denver Art Museum are led in close looking of the objects at the center by their museum guide

Let's Look!

Children and adult standing around looking closely at the blue glass vase ( in the center

Killer Whale Crest Hat

Preston Singletary, Tlingit, American

2004

height 7.5 in. x 17.75 in. diameter

Denver Art Museum Collection: Gift of Polly and Mark Addison, 2012.10

Students on an early childhood tour at the Denver Art Museum are led in close looking of the objects at the center by their museum guide.

This routine can be done daily or weekly and takes about 5-10 minutes. It will encourage children to practice conversation, questioning, and close looking.

Instructions:

  1. Choose an object (this can be something from home, a show and tell item, something from your desk, an art reproduction, or an everyday item).
  2. Have everyone sit in a circle and take a few seconds to quietly observe the object.
  3. Pass the object around so everyone can feel it and see it up close.

Guiding Questions:

  • Ask the following questions from Artful Thinking by Project Zero
    • What do you see?
    • What do you think about this object? What do you wonder about this object?

TIP: In the beginning, model descriptive language and encourage deeper curiosity in the questions. Once children are comfortable with this routine, let them bring in objects to use.

Students sitting in circle with a variety of bowls and vessels in the center
Students on an early childhood tour at the Denver Art Museum are led in close looking of the objects at the center by their museum guide.

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