In this lesson, students will compare two portraits and write dialogue based on their observations. They will share their writing and discuss similarities and differences between the two works. Students will then write a mock commission letter to one of the artists requesting a portrait done of them.
Similar to how writers create setting through rich descriptions, artists provide details such as scenery, weather, and clothing to create setting through visual images. Students will examine a photograph of an urban scene and discuss the visual details and action found within. Students will then write a ”sense poem” based on their observations and life experiences.
By observing and discussing visual details such as color and action found in the painting The Penance of Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester, students will create a story with the past, present and future details of the characters’ lives.