Yes, yes, yes. Visual art is a text. One of the activities I often do during workshops with teachers is show a graph of some sort and a picture. We craft text-dependent questions for each text and discuss how that text is non-fiction informational text or, depending on the picture, a fictional text. The discussion gets lively, but also helps teachers realize that "text" encompasses so much more than they might typically think.
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The Philadelphia Museum of Art's "Looking to Write, Writing to Look" resource for teachers is a wonderful tool as well. It encourages close observation and critical thinking about works of art and links them to various writing exercises:
As a Youth Services public library librarian, I provide common core support for teachers. One place I send them is to the "Picturing America" website, which is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities and to EDSITEment on the NEH website. On the site, visitors can explore a wide range of subject areas directed at various grade levels, many of which contain visual arts as part of the common core curriculum. Here's a link that can offer one example for grades 9 through 12:
Here is another, directed at students in grades 3 through 5; this one uses the photography of Dorthea Lange:
That sounds like a yes! Glad to know that works of art are also considered texts. This is good news for art museums and other arts organizations across the country.
Donna, those are excellent suggestions! Applying the practices of the Common Core to a work of art is wonderful thing to do. Here are two blog posts on the topic that you both might enjoy:
http://blog.artsusa.org/2012/09/10/how-the-arts-can-lead-in-implementing-the-common-core/ (by educator Sarah Zuckerman)
http://blog.artsusa.org/tag/september-2012-blog-salon/ (by CCSS Lead Author David Coleman)
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