Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • What do you think is happening in this scene?

  • Do you think this story takes place today or a long time ago? Why?

  • What do you think happened just before this scene?

  • What does the weather tell us about the overall mood of this story?

  • How do you think this story might end?

  • Briefly tell the story of Oedipus and his son Polynices. Oedipus was blind and kicked out of his home, so he wandered the country as a beggar with his two daughters. This painting shows the moment when his son came to visit him and ask him for permission to have a war against his brother.Which part of the story has this artist chosen to paint?

  • Is this a sad or happy scene? What does the artist include in his painting that tells you if this is a sad or happy scene?

  • Have the children look for someone wearing a hat in this painting, and then try to figure out who that person could be.

  • Talk about how the figure's bodies help tell the story too. Imagine how each character is feeling based on their position and expression.

  • Mimic the figures' positions with your body.