Free “Myth In Art” Curriculum

September 29th, 2012 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi! It’s Saturday, September 29, 2012 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Minneapolis Institute of Arts: World Myths & Legends in Art

Age Range: 11 and up (with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of this presentation)

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts sponsors this website that offers a free, downloadable curriculum and website presentation titled, “World Myths & Legends in Art.” It presents stories and folk lore from cultures around the world that have inspired artists to give them visual form.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction and four icon menus that include:

*Art by Culture – View myth-inspired artwork from cultures in Africa, China, Ancient Egypt, Western Europe, Ancient Greece, Japan and more.

*What is Myth – Read an introduction to myth, and learn why they are such compelling stories for artists to depict.

*Art by Theme – Explore the artistic creations of art themed around myths about creation, gods, heroes, animals, or beast characters.

*View All Art – Click on icon images of the 26 works of art displayed on the site, and learn more about the artwork as well as the myth or legend that it depicts.

*Compare and Contrast – This is an interactive online essay activity. Students select two works of art from the presentation and write a short essay comparing and contrasting them.

Before you dive in, it may help to read “How to Use This Site” that is located on a tiny horizontal menu bar below the main selections. There, you will also find a link to the free, “Downloadable Curriculum to use offline. It’s a remarkable resource in art history and appreciation that is divided into a series of lessons and includes discussion questions. If you have middle and high school age children, this could be a terrific learning tool for the whole family to use together. 

 

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