Hi! It’s Saturday, October 27, 2012 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision)
The Smithsonian American Art Museum offers an interactive look at a classic painting titled, The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane by John Quidor. The painting was inspired by the famous short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, written by Washington Irving.
When you get to the website roll your cursor over the painting to see excerpts from the story that the painting depicts. You’ll see Ichabod Crane, wild-eyed in fear, as he’s pursued by the headless horseman. The horseman carries his “head” (a green pumpkin) as he chases Crane on horseback through a forest of twisted tree branches. It illustrates the frightening tale perfectly.
If you’re unfamiliar with the short story, you can read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving online for free at Project Gutenberg.
You can also download an audio version (mp3) of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for free at LibriVox.