Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Imagine If A Painting Could Speak...


On Tuesday you visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art and explored ways that both visual art and writing can tell a story.  We examined painting, sculpture, armor, prints, and even a Japanese tea house and noticed the careful details that the artists had included to create an effect on us.

Today you will use your notes to write a narrative about your experience looking at art.  You may choose one of the prompts below, or you may wish to develop one of the writing prompts you began in the museum with your group. If you would like to write about one of the prints in the Brandywine Workshop collection, click here.

For full credit, your blog post must be thorough, thoughtful, creative, and well-proofread using the proofreading strategies we discussed in class (see your handout)!

Choose one prompt and one painting below to get started.  You may wish to include the image of the work of art you choose to write about in your blog post.

1.  Journal - Write a journal entry from the perspective of someone or something in a work of art.  Write about the events of your day, your current thoughts and feelings, as well as ideas, reflections, and what you wonder about.

2.  Jump into a work of art - Imagine you can jump into a work of art and write a story about your adventure.  How did you get there?  What happened to you as you explored the work of art from the inside?  How will you get back out?

3.  Exploring dialogue - What would they say?  Write a dialogue between two figures in the same work.  What is each one thinking?  What would they want to ask or tell one another?  What would they say in conversation?  Use the dialogue to begin a story about your painting.

Paintings to choose from:

"The Battle of Milvian Bridge" by Audran after Le Brun

"Breaking Home Ties" by Thomas Hovenden

"South Philly (Mattress Flip)" by Zoe Strauss

"Portrait of the Artist's Mother"

"The Bicycle Race" by Antonio Ruiz

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