"Myth In Art" Curriculum

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Resource:"Myth In Art" Curriculum
Provider:The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Summary:Age Range: 11 and up (with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of this presentation). The Minneapolis Institute of Arts sponsors this website that offers a free, downloadable curriculum and website presentation titled, "World Myths & Legends in Art." It presents stories and folk lore from cultures around the world that have inspired artists to give them visual form.
Description:When you get to the site, you'll see a brief introduction and four icon menus that include:

*Art by Culture - View myth-inspired artwork from cultures in Africa, China, Ancient Egypt, Western Europe, Ancient Greece, Japan and more.

*What is Myth - Read an introduction to myth, and learn why they are such compelling stories for artists to depict.

*Art by Theme - Explore the artistic creations of art themed around myths about creation, gods, heroes, animals, or beast characters.

*View All Art - Click on icon images of the 26 works of art displayed on the site, and learn more about the artwork as well as the myth or legend that it depicts.

*Compare and Contrast - This is an interactive online essay activity. Students select two works of art from the presentation and write a short essay comparing and contrasting them.

Before you dive in, it may help to read "How to Use This Site" that is located on a tiny horizontal menu bar below the main selections. There, you will also find a link to the free, "Downloadable Curriculum" to use offline. It's a remarkable resource in art history and appreciation that is divided into a series of lessons and includes discussion questions. If you have middle and high school age children, this could be a terrific learning tool for the whole family to use together.
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