To get those groggy minds turning again, students are asked to work individually or in pairs on a note-taking activity. This is something used in our ELA classes to make connections among and between literature and students' lives, so repurposing it saves time and confusion.
In ELA, they use the chart "Text to Self, Text to Text, and Text to World" for students to connect content in a variety of ways. In my class, we are switching the word "Text" to "Art." Students then look at work by artists Wayne Thiebaud, Audrey Flack, Jim Dine, Janet Fish, and Mitchell Feinberg as they complete the chart. Afterwards, students start brainstorming ideas for their own work by creating at least five thumbnails for planning.
It is a nice activity that takes most of the class period for students to do and eases them back into thinking critically about Art. This theme has yielded the most awards for my students over the years and I am pretty sure this activity has something to do with it.