Activities adaptable to multiple grade levels
Character, setting, and plot in art
Select a work of art and discuss and/or write about the following:
Choose a person, animal, or inanimate object in a work of art to
explore as a character. What traits does this character possess? In
what time and place do they exist? Where have they been? Where are
they going? How do they feel? What are their thoughts and dreams?
What do you see that tells you about them? What remains a mystery?
Is the setting in this work of art indoors or outdoors? If it’s outdoors,
what can you tell about the season, weather, location, and time of
day? If it’s indoors, what can you tell about the time and place it
depicts? What visual clues tell you this information?
What happened before the moment depicted in this work of art?
What will happen next? If there is a conflict or problem in the story,
how will it be resolved? What do you see that informs your ideas?
Why do you think the artist chose to depict this moment in the story?