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Mythology
Grades 4 through 8

Which significant episode or moment in a mythological story did an artist choose to depict, and why? This tour unravels Greek and Roman myths, which artists through the ages have depicted with great drama and imagination.

Looking and Learning Skills

During four or five tour stops in the galleries, students engage in activities—such as looking exercises and small-group work—that foster conversations about works of art. On this tour, students will practice the following skills:
• Making and articulating careful observations.
• Formulating questions that demonstrate curiosity and engagement.
• Exploring multiple viewpoints, including that of the artist, the characters/protagonists depicted, and the work’s audience (then and now).
• Comparing and contrasting different visual representations of myths.
• Reasoning with evidence from the artworks themselves.
• Connecting new ideas discussed on the tour to prior knowledge of myths, mythology, and personal experience.

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

Logistical Information

Group Size: Up to 60 students
Length: 75 minutes for grades 4 through 8
Meeting Location: West Building Rotunda

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