Retell favorite stories in allegorical paintings created in the style of Baroque painter Sir Peter Paul Rubens.
Peter Paul Rubens was born on June 28, 1577, in Siegen, Germany. His paintings, which were remarkable due to their accuracy, sumptuous color, and vitality, contained a broad range of subject matter. In addition to his many portraits, Rubens also painted wonderful allegories (story paintings), based upon mythological and religious themes.
To create your own allegorical painting, think of a favorite story. Write a summary of one scene in that story, using Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. Describe both the characters and setting in detail so you clearly visualize them.
Cover a table top with recycled newspaper. On white paper, use Crayola Watercolors and Watercolor Brushes to paint the main character in the story. Place your character in the story's environment, with details that reflect your ideas. Make your character as lively and colorful as possible, just as Rubens did in his allegorical paintings.
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