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Introduction to Inquiry Learning


When we can articulate our own questions, we can begin to take charge of our own understanding.

Inquiry Learning

When we can articulate our on questions, we can begin to take charge of our own understanding.

This program begins with a question, "Who Cares for Art?" It also ends with a question, "Do you Care?" Each lesson asks you to focus on a different question.

Lesson One: Ideas and Images
Where do ideas and images for art come from?
Lesson Two: Tools and Materials
What visual qualities come from using which tools, materials, and processes?
Lesson Three: Taking Care of Art
Who takes care of art and how?
Lesson Four: Many Viewpoints
Why do different people understand and value artworks differently?


The ability to ask questions is the foundation of inquiry. When you ask you discover that people disagree about answers. Sometimes you discover that different people's answers depend on their different viewpoints. Sometimes one question leads to more questions. Sometimes your curiosity leads you to try new things. In the end, the information you discover and the directions you take often depend on the questions you ask.

Looking at art can bring up many questions to explore. Questions can be jumping off points to help you improve your own art. Art can lead to new discoveries about yourself, others, and the world in which you live.


In this program you will be provided not only with answers to questions you will also be challenged to ask your own. You will:
· Ask questions about art making and about the art of others.
· Identify experts who can help you search for answers.

Where does the world of art cross over into other areas of life, such as politics, economics, religion, history, literature, or geography? Does art have anything to do with mathematics or the sciences?

This program is packed with potential connections to disciplines beyond art. Disciplines are specialized subjects such as geography, mathematics, and history. Each discipline has its own experts, such as geographers, mathematicians, and historians.

At the end of each lesson you will be asked to match specific questions with the disciplines where you might find answers or guidance. If you follow the Inquiry Track you will select an artwork that interests you and learn to ask questions to help you better understand its meaning and value. Questions can become the basis for further inquiry either from art to other disciplines or from other disciplines to art.