WHAT IS ODIP?
ODIP is a strategy used at the Columbus Museum of Art to promote conversation and deep looking when engaging with art.
ODIP stands for observe, describe, interpret, prove.
We will be using the ODIP method in the classroom as a means to begin talking about an art style, genre, artist, individual piece of art or even our own art. Our goal is to understand art by thinking and talking about it rather than just looking at and judging it.
What do you see?
What information is there?
Describe what you see.
If you were asked to explain this work of art to someone by phone, what would you say? What
descriptive words best describe this work? What details could you provide?
Use your imagination.
What is going on?
What is the artist trying to say?
What’s the story?
Back up your interpretation.
What makes you say that?
What clues did you use to come to that conclusion?