Have students work in pairs. Cut the painting into 8 separate panels. Have each student create a set of instructions or a word problem to recreate a section of the painting for their partner. Each student should compare their drawing to the piece of the painting.
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In a high school government class, I would use this piece of artwork to connect to an land use, development, and planning lesson. I would start with this piece of art as an introduction activity and use the "Looking 10 times 2" strategy. Students would look at the art for 30 seconds and write down ten words that come to mind. Then, students would look again for another 30 seconds and write down another 10 words describing what they see. Finally students will share out what was different about the second time they looked- more in depth, more detail, more connections to prior knowledge etc. The connection to the curriculum would be about taking a second look at communities and development. What makes up our urban, suburban, and rural landscapes. How did these landscapes become the way they are?
Warm up : describe the scene Whole group: trace the lines of interest and sight lines in the art work. Follow the eyes and Measure the angles Discuss how geometry is used to create interest Have students use perspective or lines if interest in their own works
How do the characters' clothes in the painting compare with what you're wearing today? What might their clothes say about them and the time their living in on the water? Why did they choose these clothes? Bring clothes for children to try on to see how they are different than today (bonnet, bustle). Have kids design what they'd wear to a party on the water. Read Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed.
* what cultural features are included in artistic representations? How is perspective apparent? Does point of view change the interpretation of this painting? What would a dancer see? A Spaniard? Write an essay comparing this work with the Velázquez painting "The triumph of Bacchus"
Why are the plants not flourishing? What conditions are needed for plants to grow? Compare with the movie The Lorax
Geometry is everywhere! Have students measure and record the different angles they find in Renoir's painting. How many different angles can they find? Afterwards, discuss how the different angles contribute to the composition of the painting. Do they help convey a certain mood?
Student Instructions: Choose two figures in the painting. Record your observations on each figure’s facial expressions and body language. Next, examine the relationship between your figures-do they connect in some way? Finally, write a short piece of dialogue between your two chosen figures. Optional activity: have students create a tableau if the painting and have them improvise a conversation.
Students explore how to express movement, first through writing and then illustration. Provide samples from authors and artist that express movement. If needed, provide writing/illustration prompts such as "as the crow flies". Demonstrate how Jacob Lawrence's "Migration" expresses the concept of movement
Ask students: What kind of music do you hear when you see this painting? What kind of music would express this painting? What kind of music would Renoir use to express this painting?
Social Studies : our local culture, Landover MD. Compare our neighborhood to this landscape painting. What natural and architectural qualities do we share? Create a drawing inspired by this painting.
Compare lmpressionist painters with composers who created impressionist pieces in music: Debussy, Ravel, etc.
Students draw and paint their version of the Boating Party based on personal experience.
Imagine you are going toward this person and start talking. What would be the dialog?
Kindergartner - caregiver program focused on parts of nature and counting- like snow, leaves, fence posts, etc!
Students would study Jacob Lawrence's captions and identify how the people entering the trains would be feeling in this panel. They would discuss possible emotions and portray the feelings in panels of their own.