The activity guides for each unit contain several activities organized around the theme of the unit. The guides provide detailed instruction and additional materials like figures, worksheets, handouts, or readings for incorporating activities into a classroom setting. Each activity also corresponds with a different academic level (Elementary / Intermediate / Advanced), which is noted next to the title of the activity.
Activities for this unit:
- Analyzing a Narrative Painting, Part 1 (Elementary) – Analyze a painting through description, interpretation, and speculation. Analyzing a Narrative Painting, Part 2 (Intermediate) – Compare the treatments of narrative in texts and images.
Analyzing a Narrative Painting, Part 3 (Advanced) – Distinguish chronological and thematic approaches to storytelling while considering the choices artists make when condensing a narrative (or portion of a narrative) into pictorial form.
- Narrative Paths: A Visit to an Art Gallery (Intermediate) – Analyze the techniques artists employ to guide a viewer through a painting, and to compare the sequencing of events in pictorial and verbal narratives.
- Picturing a Historical Narrative, Part 1 (Elementary) – Learn about various formats used for narrative paintings during the Renaissance.
Picturing a Historical Narrative, Part 2 (Intermediate) – Experience some of the challenges and choices artists faced in translating verbal narratives into pictorial form.
Picturing a Historical Narrative, Part 3 (Advanced) – Analyze the treatment of narrative in a specific Renaissance painting.
- All the News That Fits: From Painting to Newspaper, Part 1 (Intermediate) – Analyze the subject of a painting.
All the News That Fits: From Painting to Newspaper, Part 2 (Advanced) – Use powers of deduction as and imagination to translate a multi-episodic pictorial narrative into a newspaper format.