This lesson is suitable for students in: Lower Secondary

Title of artwork: How Else Would I Know You Care

Name of artist: Xie Shangyi


 Possible Guiding Questions for discussing art

  1. Spot the differences between the day and night scene. What has changed? What is missing?
  1. How long would it take for you to take notice of the little changes at home, for example, things being moved around in your room? Who would it be?
  1. What would be your reaction to the little changes? Would you be upset with the person for moving your things, or would you be appreciative? Would you feel loved?
  1. Does the work remind you of the situation at home? Would you want to change the situation? How can the situation be changed?
  1. How does this work qualify as art?

Possible lesson ideas for making art


Observing the Twilight: the in-between of daylight and darkness


In this lesson, students will learn to:

  1. observe their surroundings in different conditions
  2. understand the effects of light in different situations, especially daylight and moon/ street lights, on a particular setting
  3. capture light in their artwork


Students will:

  • create a time-lapse video of a scene by the window using the time-lapse functions or applications in their smartphones/ gadgets (time period preferable during the *blue hour for at least 2-3hours)

  • pick the extreme two scenes where light is drastically different and observe the light change
  • re-create the night scene by shading in the lights and shadows on the B&W photograph of the observed day scene

*The blue hour is the period of twilight each morning and evening when the sun is a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue.


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