COMPARING SIMILAR THEMES IN ART AND LITERATURE
Author: Betty Giuca, IS 125 Queens
Lesson Preview: This lesson will review the attitude of the artist, Rembrandt, concerning beggars and the homeless. It will also refer to the childrens author, Sid Fleischmann, who wrote about societys unfortunates.
Standards: The Arts
Responding to and analyzing works of literature and art
Understanding the cultural dimensions of the arts and humanities
Grades: Intermediate through High School Levels
Subjects: Art History, Social Studies, Current Events
1. Display Beggars Receiving Alms, Beggar with a Crippled Hand Leaning on a Stick, and Old Beggar Woman with a Gourd . Follow this
By reviewing the novel The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischmann, eliciting the themes of poverty, homelessness, nobility, and poverty of spirit
2. Discuss the following idea: Rembrandt and Sid Fleischman share artistic themes.
- How does the author of the novel The Whipping Boy reveal his feelings for the unfortunate homeless through his protagonist, Jemmy.
- How does Rembrandt reveal his feelings for the poor and homeless by his artistic style and by his dressing up as one of societys underclass.
- Discuss the differing attitudes of the Dutch officials of the time, and Rembrandts attitudes toward beggars as revealed through his works.
- Discuss the attitude of the author, Sid Fleischman, toward those who are royal by birth and those unfortunate by birth.
- Describe how you feel about the beggar class of the era after you read The Whipping Boy.
- Write a response to literature (E2B) describing how the author makes you feel about the underclass using specific references to the text.
- Using a Venn diagram, compare and contrast how Rembrandt and the author. Evoke our sympathy for the poor and homeless of the society of the time and their work.
Beggars Receiving Alms
Extensions Discuss the attitudes both of the artist, Rembrandt, and the author Sid Fleischman, toward the poor as revealed in their works. Write a short paragraph discussing if and how your attitude toward the homeless has changed as a result of these studying this particular artist and author
With a more sympathetic attitude as a result of studying the work of these two artists, how can we as students, help society. For information as to how we, as students of today, can help societys poor and homeless, go to the website: http://www.earthsystems.org/ways/list.html
Assessments Give an oral presentation about what you have learned about what you and your fellow students can do to help your community.
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