PreparationVisit an art museum and become familiar with its paintings.
Take note of the locations of paintings that will lend themselves well to the activity, i.e., realistic works portraying at least one human figure. Such paintings will facilitate a student's sense of connection to the work and will provide plenty of visual stimulus to pique students' imaginations. (Before going to the museum, you may want to model the activity in class so the students will know what to expect. One way to do this is to buy reproductions of paintings, in the form of slides or postcards, from the museum. Bring them into the classroom a day or two before your trip to the museum and have the students complete steps 2 through 5 under At the Museum.)
Ask museum educators or public program staff members if there is an
area where you can conduct part of the lesson.
Pass out a copy of the Picture-Writing
Page to each student.
Last Modified September 19, 1997