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MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Narrative Art & History Paintings (10/10 p.m. & 10/24 a.m.)


Class Topic:

Narrative Art & History Paintings


(Overview & big concepts)

Sometimes the people in the artwork are used to tell a story. How can artists represent a time-sensitive narrative in one piece of artwork? How can an artwork tell a story about people?

MFA Connections:

Possible MFA artists/exhibitions include: Goya: Order & Disorder, Thomas Sully, John S. Copley, Maya collection

Art-making activity:

Illustrating one-sentece stories.

Pre-tour group activity:

Story Cards

Follow-up activity:

Take a look at some comic books or graphic novels. How do the writers show us the story using pictures? What do the words add to the story? Try writing your own graphic novel based on your favorite tale. You can scan or take photographs of your novel and share with us in the virtual classroom!

Graphic Novel suggestions from the ALA:


Related Resources

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