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Francisco de Goya's genre paintings inspire original fantasy drawings in response to literature and real life.
During an investigation into the country of Spain, invite students to do an in-depth study of the Spanish-born artist Francisco de Goya. He was known for his haunting political satire painting and his imaginative portraits, which were dramatic and close to caricatures. The painting Colossus shows his imagination quite well, while Portrait of Mariana Waldstein exemplifies his keen observational skills. Many of his paintings use dramatic color and light to dramatize his work.
While reading classic or contemporary fantasy stories in collaborative groups, encourage students to imagine and discuss how Goya might have illustrated these stories.
To create their own genre paintings (painting of everyday life) that also include fantasy, students imagine themselves in an everyday setting. On white paper, use Crayola® Washable Markers to draw themselves in familiar places, such as their bedrooms or yards.
Next, students draw a thought bubbles of themselves, doing something terrific! Encourage them to think about Goya's Colossus and create imaginative images of themselves that are strong and bold. Use bold and vibrant colors to make powerful impacts with drawings, as Goya did with his paintings.
Provide time for students to share their paintings and discuss how their work was influenced by Francisco de Goya.
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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