The Story of Art
Each week, students are given a piece of well-known artwork and are asked to brainstorm a list of descriptive words that apply to elements of the artwork.
Next, the descriptive words are shared as a class in order to compose a larger list that students can use as they compose their writing assignment. Writing assignments can take the form of poetry, short stories, descriptive essays, or other prose forms.
Writing assignment requirements may vary from week to week, sometimes focusing on a specific number of descriptive details used or the incorporation of a specific grammatical structure (such as an appositive) or a specific smiley-face trick (such as a simile, metaphor, hyperbole, etc.) Students are also asked to think of situations when an allusion to the artwork would be appropriate. (For example, you might refer to Edvard Munch's The Scream when describing something that is surprising or painful.)