"Behind the visible is some other kind of potential that does not exist in the sculpture, but exists in you the viewer.."
Art appreciation involves students observing, engaging in and forming an understanding or opinion of their own or others’ artwork. It allows students to express their subjective, as well as objective, opinions, whilst focusing specifically on the aesthetics of an individual piece.
Art appreciation is particularly important in the visual arts classroom and as teachers, we need to encourage students to develop their own ideas about art. This can be done through viewing different artworks, researching a variety of artists and exploring the themes and meanings behind specific pieces.
Antony Gormley has a number of pieces appropriate to explore in the classroom. For this activity, however, I have chosen one of Gormley’s highly renowned projects, ‘Another Place’ (1997). The following information will help teachers to use Gormley’s work as an inspiration for classroom activities. This particular activity is aimed at the middle to upper primary grades, although it can be adapted for the younger years also.