Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • How do you feel when you dance and listen to music? What are some times when you have been struck with the urge to dance?
  • The figures in this painting are ballet dancers. Have you ever attended ballet class? Have you ever had the opportunity to dance on a stage?
  • How are the dancers holding their arms? How are they holding their heads? Are they standing up straight? Take the poses of the dancers. How does these poses make you feel?
  • What types of music do you like to dance to? Can you imagine what type of music the dancers in the paintings are dancing to? How would the music in this scene sound?
  • Do you think this pastel drawing was created quickly or slowly? Why?