The Persuasive Art of Portraiture: The Message Behind the Picture


  • Aug 13 2010 3:32 PM

    Mary Kay Monson

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In this lesson, from the New York Times Learning Network, students first explore the power of the visual image to convey a message by examining the portrait of George Washington on American dollar bills. They next use a "New York Times" article to learn about a famous portrait of Mao, and what the artwork reveals about the People's Republic of China. In small groups, students then examine images of important personages in various cultures throughout the world and, finally, create their own portraits that convey messages they wish others to understand about themselves. Less

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 6 to 12

    Topics: Visual Arts, Reading Comprehension, World History, History-Social Science, Visual Arts & Performing Arts, English-Language Arts


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    Tool for: Administrators, Teachers, Parents


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    Grouping: Large Group Instruction

    Teaching Method: Hands-on Learning; Cooperative Learning; Discussions