Close Reading in the Arts

Close reading is bound to the creation and analysis of art.

As we create, perform, interpret, and respond to art, we are close reading, comprehending, and critically thinking simultaneously!

In arts classes at Piedmont, we:

  • Read

  • Interpret

  • Present

  • Respond

We ask analytical questions such as:

  1. What is it?

  2. How was it created?

  3. What does it mean?

    1. What jumps out at you?

    2. What might give you problems?

    3. What makes this different from ___? Why?

  4. What is worth highlighting about this piece? Why?

  5. What assumptions do we make about things not explicitly stated in a piece? What led us to make that assumption?