This activity aims to highlight our tastes: the choices that are unique and specific to each of us when we discover a piece of art. After all, the same work of art can be perceived by two different people in two very different ways.
Pair up and decide who will be the storyteller and who will be the artist for the first part of the story. Halfway through, change roles.
- Print The-flying-canoe
Pair up and decide who will be the storyteller and who will be the artist for the first part of the story.
The storyteller reads the first half of the legend.
The artist begins to draw when they hear a detail in the story that really stands out to them.
When the first storyteller reaches the halfway point, change roles.
At the end of the activity, have each of the two artists explain the details or the passages that inspired them to draw.
Food for Thought
Imagine if everyone told the same stories, had the same ideas. How boring would the world be?
The Romans used to say “In matters of taste, there can be no disputes,” and they were right! Everyone is free to have their own tastes and opinions when faced with a situation (in this case, an artwork).
Compare the drawings with each other to promote discussion: for example, why did you choose this passage in particular? The designs are all different and that’s a good thing, because diversity makes the world richer and more interesting.