Games are a part of the human experience and can offer new perspectives on how communities change over time.
The art of Pieter Brueghel and Winslow Homer has recorded games of everyday life from two different eras. By comparing and contrasting children’s games of past eras with the games children play today, students will draw conclusions and make connections between
societies and cultures of the past and present.
In this lesson, students will work in small groups studying “Games Children Play” by Pieter Brueghel (!500’s) and “Crack the Whip” by Winslow Homer (late 1800’s.
Using higher-level Thinking Skills students will analyze the subject matter of both paintings, then compare/contrast and evaluate them with games children play today.
Visual Arts, Social Studies and Writing Academic Standards
Higher-Level Thinking Skills from Bloom’s Taxonomy
Brief Biographies of the artists,
Handouts for group work,
List of some of the Games depicted in the paintings,
Prints of the paintings.
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