Critical Thinking Questions
- Does my work of art tell a story?
- Does it represent me? Does it only represent some of the things that I do?
- When someone else looks at my work of art, will they understand something about me? What sorts of questions might they ask me?
- Is there a question that my work of art raises that is difficult for me to answer?
- How is my work of visual art similar to or different from a single panel graphic story or visual narrative?
- What are the limitations of this work of art in showing other people who I am?
- What were the steps I took in putting my work of art together?
- Was there anything I wanted to show but decided not to? Was there anything I didn’t want to show but decided to anyways?
- Was there anything that I might have embellished, misrepresented, took artistic license with in representing by day-to-day activities and experiences in this work of art?
- What was the most difficult part of putting together this work of art? What did I struggle with?
- What do I think is the most successful part of my piece artistically? What do I think is the most successful part of my piece in terms of representing who I am?
How Can Visual Narrative Foster Inquiry in This Activity?
“However,” he said, “if people could have seen the process I went through deciding what to include and what not to include—how I put everything together—they would have learned everything about me.”
Visual narrative and visual storytelling show us so much about what a writer and illustrator are thinking, feeling, seeing, and trying to articulate—what they value as a story and what they want us to see and experience.