Activity Overview

Students visit a museum and choose a painting to work with. They list details of the work, then write a description designed to help others imagine what the painting looks like. Afterward, students write stories about their paintings based on their descriptions.


Students will be able to

  • closely observe a work of art
  • list concrete details of the work
  • select the most important details to include in a descriptive paragraph
  • distinguish between factual and judgmental language
  • write a descriptive text using only facts
  • write a story using both facts and judgmental language


paper, pens or pencils, clipboards


Language Arts
The Arts
Life Skills



Last Modified September 19, 1997