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Raphael, Saint George and the Dragon, c. 1506

Raphael, Saint George and the Dragon, c. 1506, oil on panel, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1937.1.26

Raphael was an Italian artist who painted all types of things, from portraits to huge murals of scenes from popular myths. In this artwork, Raphael paints the legend of Saint George as a knight who fights a dragon. A princess named Cleo watches in the background, hoping her town will be safe from the dragon. 


Zoom in on one section of the painting and look closely. What details do you notice in your section?

What words would you use to describe the dragon? The horse?

Imagine this painting is a scene in a story. What might happen next? What came before this moment in the story?

If you could add details to this painting, what would you add? Why?

What one word would you use to describe this painting?



Dragons Love Tacos (Spanish language version: Dragones y tacos)

by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

Dragons love all kinds of tacos - except for spicy ones.


St. George and the Dragon

by Margaret Hodges and Trina Schart Hyman

This book tells the story of George the knight, who slays a dragon and brings peace to his country.

MAKE: Create a "courage" mask

You will need:

  • Heavyweight paper
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Glue

Think about a time when you felt afraid of something. Everybody has moments when they need to face something scary! Now imagine you could turn into an animal that would make it easier to face your fear. What would that animal be? What about that animal seems brave to you?

Draw a large circle, about the size of your face, on a piece of paper. In the circle, draw your brave animal. Remember to add details that you think are important about that animal. When you’re finished with your drawing, cut out the large circle. Glue a popsicle stick on the back so you can hold the mask up to your face. 


  • courage
  • legend
  • myth
  • portrait

Art Tales: Coloring and Cut-Outs booklet (PDF, 3.5 MB)

Art Tales for Pre-K (PDF, 7.2 MB)

Primeros Pasos En El Arte (PDF, 7.5 MB)

Primeros Pasos En El Arte: Colorear y Recortes (PDF, 3.7 MB)

An Eye for Art: Raphael teaching resource (PDF, 9.4 MB)

Register for the Art Tales pre-K school tour

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