Historical Context: Discovering a Painting

Class members are presented with the image of a painting and asked to record their first impressions and analysis. They then research the time period in which it was painted and discuss how their research impacted their first impression of the work. After a member of the museum staff provides background information about the piece, pupils discuss how their initial analysis compares to their current understanding.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Co-ordinate the lesson with a member of a museum staff who can provide background information about the work
  • Most appropriate for art or art history classes
Classroom Considerations
  • Presumes class members have experience with painting analysis
  • Includes a step-by-step plan, links to several paintings, assessment suggestions, and extensions
  • No rubric is included