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We have been focused a lot on historical artifacts and their accuracy as far as actual history goes (see our lesson on Paul Revere here.) So for this lesson, I chose three paintings about the American Revolution that were very famous but had some iffy historical roots. Crossing the Delaware, Spirit of '76, and Declaration of Independence were the three that stuck out to me. Each of them is engrained in our culture as very patriotic and very much connected to the Revolutionary War. But each of them has a bit of romanticism behind them.
I had the students choose which of the three they wanted to recreate. Then, I took a picture of each student in the pose of one of the main characters of the painting. Most chose Washington crossing the Delaware because, well, it is just kind of a fun pose to get into!
I printed out the pictures four to a page. I didn't get them developed, as having them printed from my printer in matte form (4 x 6 still) was the best way to incorporate the students into the paintings. They simply would not be able to draw on a developed picture.
I seriously LOVE how this turned out. The kids did such a good job at recreating the paintings. On many of them, you can't even tell there is a photograph in there (which was the ultimate goal...just like the Pageant of the Masters!)
Now head on over to Susie's blog to see how she adapted this same lesson.