Variations on a Theme

The Big Idea:

How can daily life become a source of ideas for works of art?

Activity overview

In her paintings, Joan Brown focused on the people, places, and experiences that made up her daily life. In this activity, you will create a personal narrative around the themes of your life.

Look closely

Click on each artist button at right to view detailed screens about the artist and his or her works. Be sure to click on all images, view all videos, read all documents, and use the zoom tool to look closely at the works of art.

In this activity you will:

  1. study the artist Joan Brown
  2. discuss recurring themes from your life
  3. explore a theme and how it has changed over time
  4. portray your theme in writing or with pictures
  5. present to the class

You will be graded on:

  1. notes and research
  2. detail and style of theme treatment (writing or artwork)
  3. class presentation

New terms:

narrative, theme