About FTC™ Palettes


FTC™ Palettes are Form+Theme+Context graphic organizers that are designed to promote interdisciplinary exploration and deeper learner engagement. A  balanced approach to exploring the form+theme+context of an artwork helps individuals create as well as understand complex layers of meaning in visual language while developing higher-order thinking skills. Discover how to use an FTC Museum Palette to decode a museum–in your community or around the globe–to connect more deeply with the museum itself as a work of art along with its art contents and other dimensions of meaningful learning…

Palette Components

  • As we explore form, or how the work “is,” we discern the artist’s many structural decisions embedded in the creative process that lead to a final product.
  • As we examine theme, or what the work is aboutwe examine what the artist expresses through a selected overarching concept or “Big Idea” that reveals the artist’s expressive viewpoint connecting art to life
  • As we investigate context(s), or when, where, by/for whom and why the art was created (and valued), we comprehend the authentic nature of the artwork by probing the conditions for and under which the art was created and valued, considering the work under present conditions from our perspective in contemporary, as well as those of foreign and older cultures.

The FTC™ Palettes below have been developed for decoding and encoding art, art lessons and museums.

  1. for decoding and encoding art
  2. for decoding and encoding art lessons 
  3. for decoding a museum
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