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Francisco de Goya's genre paintings inspire original fantasy drawings in response to literature and real life.
Francisco de Goya was born on March 30, 1746, in Fuentendos, Spain, and was known for his haunting political satire painting and his imaginative portraits, which were dramatic and close to caricatures. His attention to detail enabled him to note both the reality of a situation (the everyday items and details) and the potential for imaginative additions to his subjects. The painting Colossus shows his imagination quite well, while Portrait of Mariana Waldstein exemplifies his keen observational skills. Many of his paintings were political commentaries, using dramatic color and light to further dramatize his work.
Read classic or contemporary fantasy stories, either individually or with the group. Imagine how Goya might have illustrated these stories.
To create your own genre painting (painting of everyday life) that also includes fantasy, imagine yourself in an everyday setting. On white paper, use Crayola® Washable Markers to draw yourself in a familiar place, such as your bedroom or your yard.
Then draw a thought bubble of yourself, doing something terrific! Imagine yourself larger than life, doing whatever you dream you could do. Think about Goya's Colossus and create an imaginative image of yourself that is strong and bold. Use bold and vibrant colors to make a powerful impact with your drawing, as Goya did with his paintings.
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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