Stepping into the Painting Technique

By |2018-10-10T09:14:48-07:00March 30th, 2012|

Sometimes, a painting is just begging to come to life.  That’s where the inspiration for this Arts Integration Technique came from.  I call this technique “Stepping into the Painting”, and in essence, that’s what the students are doing.  Using a piece of art, they become a character or object that they see.  This in and of itself is not a new idea…the next part is what makes this technique go from good to great.

After students choose a character or object from the painting to become, they must begin to verbally tell a story.  One character begins by giving some background into what they character is seeing, thinking, feeling, etc.  That character then chooses another character in the painting who must fit the previous story into their own character’s story and so on until everyone gets a turn.

This technique leads to rich theme, plot and character development, as well as building fabulous observational art skills and even works on the skills of speaking and listening, which are central to Common Core Language Arts.  And today…it’s YOURS!  Just download the step-by-step technique poster below and give this a try in your classroom in the upcoming weeks.  And be sure to let us know how it goes!  Happy Friday!

Stepping into the Painting Technique, Education Closet



  1. […] Stepping Into the Painting:  Show students a piece of artwork, and ask them to choose a character or an object from the painting to imitate with their bodies in a frozen tableau. Once the students are frozen with the painting, walk around the room and select a student to describe their character and tell a story about what is happening. When that person is ready to pass the story onto someone else, they can tap them on the shoulder and take their place in the painting. […]

  2. […] to achieve in arts classrooms. Some strategies to support this standard: guided active listening, Stepping Into the Painting, Reading the […]

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