This lesson is suitable for students in : Secondary 3
Artwork Possible guiding Questions for discussing art Possible lesson ideas for making art
Artwork title :
“Trying to make Sense”

Name of artist:
Gabriel Chong



1.    What do you understand about narrative art? What are some of its characteristics? Are you able to provide examples which you are familiar with?

2.    Why do you think the artist has used certain representations or subject-matter for the artwork?

3.    How else can we convey a similar artistic intent in another medium?

4.    What are some possible interpretations of this painting? What do you think the artist is trying to convey?

5.    Do these possible interpretations relate to your personal ideas and experiences? How so?

In this lesson idea, students would be asked to discuss the genre of narrative art. They could look at examples such as early Egyptian wall paintings, classical mythology column of Trajan depicting Dacian wars, Bayeux Tapestry story of Norman Invasion, biblical story of The Last Supper, and some contemporary narrative artworks.

This would be followed by a discussion of “Trying to Make Sense”, and students will be invited to compare this painting with the earlier narrative examples that they have studied.

Follow-up lessons:A possible elegant art task could be:Create a narrative painting to illustrate the story of “A Day in the Life of a _________ (an animal, a person, a tree, etc)”.





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