Remind students of the “photo swap” activity and how
they imagined scenes that might have come before
and after the image they discussed. Explain that, like
the creators of the Bayeux Tapestry, they will create
a series of images that tells a story. Compare the format of the embroidered tapestry to that of storyboards
and comic strips in which a series of images moves
the action along. Suggest that they use the story they
developed from the “photo swap” to create a story
board. Younger students might use markers, crayons,
and colored pencils on long paper. Older students may
wish to experiment with cut-paper collage or use simple sewing techniques with felt or burlap. Remind students they need to show what happened before, during,
and after the photo was taken. Have students compose
a written version of their story.
Remind students that both Beverly Buchanan and
Fujiko Isomura draw upon personal experiences when
creating their artwork. Have students use one of the
two artists as inspiration for an artwork that suggests
a story. Students inspired by Beverly Buchanan may
view or imagine houses or other kinds of structures
while envisioning stories about the people who might
The Bayeux Tapestry
Gregory Crewdson talks about his work
Story Looking & Learning
live in them. They might depict their building in two-dimensional media, or create a three-dimensional
structure. Students may also wish to create an image
or sculpture of a person who lives in their structure.
Students who wish to create an artwork inspired
by Fujiko Isomura may draw upon personal narratives
to create artwork that mixes cultural traditions with
current or historical pop culture icons and unexpected
elements. Encourage students to combine traditional
and digital media in their two-dimensional or three-dimensional work. They may collage printed digital
imagery with painted papers, for example, using a
combination of traditional and digital media.
Developed by the Kutztown University Looking and Learning Team, with Dr. Marilyn Stewart and graduate students
Amy Ahn, Zoe Dehart, Amanda Deibert, Cassie Langan,
Jennifer Low, Ellen Pados, and Katherine Schneider.
Lead author, Zoe DeHart, teaches sixth-grade art at the
School of Agriculture, Science & Technology at the Gateway
School for Communication & Technology in Reading, PA.
Beverly Buchanan, Jasper County, GA, 1997. Pastel on paper. 60 x 48½" (152.4 x 123.19 cm).
Courtesy of Bernice Steinbaum Gallery and the artist.
Additional Digital Images
Visit the Davis Art Images website for ten additional fine-art
digital images to support the
concepts discussed in Looking
George Catlin, “North
American Indian Portfolio”: The Bear Hunt,
published 1844. Color
lithograph on paper.
Butler Institute of American
Art, Youngstown, Ohio.