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Retell favorite stories in allegorical paintings created in the style of Baroque painter Sir Peter Paul Rubens.
Peter Paul Rubens was born on June 28, 1577, in Siegen, Germany. His paintings, which were remarkable due to their accuracy, sumptuous color, and vitality, contained a broad range of subject matter. In addition to his many portraits, Rubens also painted wonderful allegories (story paintings), based upon mythological and religious themes.
Students create their own allegorical painting. Have students think of a story and write a summary of one scene in that story, using Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. Describe both the characters and setting in detail so they can be clearly visualized.
Students cover their work area with recycled newspaper. On paper, students use Crayola Watercolors to paint the main character in the story. Students place the character in the story's environment, with details that reflect their ideas. Make the character as lively and colorful as possible, just as Rubens did in his allegorical paintings.
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