Grade Levels: Upper-Elementary, Middle, High School
In this Encounter, students continue to deepen their understanding and appreciation of The Dinner Party as they stand back and focus their attention upon the entire installation. Students have previously considered symbolism and meaning in individual place settings. As they attend to the artwork as a whole they will review what they have learned about the work thus far and use prompts to construct thesis statements in response to the question, “What is The Dinner Party about?” Students’ responses to this question will vary, depending on their grade level and how much attention they have paid to the artwork and its contexts.
Prior to this Encounter, students have considered all the parts of The Dinner Party closely but separately. This Encounter allows them the opportunity to stand back and interpret the work as a whole. The activities here prompt students to review the various components of the artwork and then attend to its complexity. To view the entire Encounter, download the PDF for Encounter 11: Constructing Interpretations by clicking on the button below.