The Living Art Museum Storyline®

A Matisse mural from the Storyline Henri Matisse Mural from the Living Art Museum Storyline

 

The Living Art Museum:  A Storyline

written by Colleen Vallerga

Grades 1-6

“What I do is the result of reflection and study of the great masters.”

      Edgar Degas

This Living Art Museum Storyline is designed to give students a similar experience as they study the masters, explore the use of the elements of art and design, and experiment using their styles and techniques.  Just like the masters, students begin a quest of study and experimentation to create their own artistic styles. 

Storyline Overview

The Living Art Museum Storyline begins with a hook.  A backdrop of the painting Dance in the City by Renoir, is hung on a bulletin board.  Two models are standing in front of the backdrop, dressed and posed with their arms around each other, just as Renoir painted them.  Waltz music begins to play, and the characters glide about the floor. When the music stops, they move back to their places in the painting.  A few seconds pass and they step out and introduce themselves.  They tell enchanting stories of their evening in Paris, 1883. 

When they finish, the models pause and come out of character.  They introduce themselves as art experts from The Living Art Museum.  They tell the history of Renoir’s life, and classify and critique his painting.  They explain what their job as an art expert at the museum entails.

Before they leave, they invite the students to create their own Living Art Museum and leave them with directions on how this can be accomplished.

How to Create a Living Art Museum

  1. Study the elements of art and design.
  2. Become art experts and learn to see the world through the eyes of an artist.

3.Bring paintings to life by portraying people and writing their stories.

  1. Study master artists lives, art styles, techniques, works of art.

5. Learn how the artists work and think.

6.Learn to classify and critique art.

7. Use the elements of art and design and the artists’ techniques to design and create works of art. 

8.Explore the art through a variety of disciplines.

9.Create a museum to educate others.

Students accept the challenge and the study begins.  Writing, poetry, music, and drama are integrated into the Storyline.  An incident occurs during each artist study.  In the context of creating an art museum, students acquire an in-depth art background as they learn to describe, analyze, interpret, and judge works of art.

Art projects are designed by the students using their growing knowledge of the elements of art, design, and artist techniques.  Sample, student-designed, art projects, are presented in the book, but each art project is uniquely designed by the new class of students. 

Following the Storyline, students are ready to build on the ideas they have learned and experienced.  The study of the masters has provided them with models for technique and style.  Now the students are ready to use their mentors’ ideas as a framework on which to climb to new levels of thinking and learning in all areas of study.

“To draw you must close your eyes and sing.”  

Pablo Picasso

Total Number of Pages:  193

Standards and Instruction Covered

Common Core Language Arts Standards

Reading Literature

Key Ideas and Details

Craft and Structure

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas.

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Reading Informational Text  

Key Ideas and Details

Craft and Structure

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Speaking and Listening

Comprehension and Collaboration

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Writing

Text Types and Purposes

Production and Distribution of Writing

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

Language

Vocabulary 

Social Science Standards (Oregon Department of Education)                            

Historical Knowledge                       

Historical Thinking              Social Science Analysis                                                                                        

Multicultural Studies                             

Geography                              Community Engagement

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Health Education Standards (Oregon Department of Education)         

Promotion of Mental, Social and Emotional Health

Art Standards (Oregon Department of Education)

Visual Art: Anchor Standards 1-11

Theater

Music

Dance

Technology

 

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