Have students watch The 5 W’s of Art: Buddha from Gandhara
Following the video, students will:
- Write a descriptive sentence about the artwork
- Think critically about 3 questions and write their answers
- Write a brief story about a global connection
- Think critically about why objects were used in the past
- Write a descriptive sentence about the sculpture
- Write sentences with correct capitalization and punctuation
- Write a story with a clear beginning, middle, and end
- Video: The 5 W’s of Art: Buddha from Gandhara (video located at the bottom of this page)
- Pen or pencil
- Shakyamuni Buddha
The teacher will:
- Play Buddha from Gandhara video
- Help students formulate descriptive sentences
Have students share what they wrote, either to the class or in small groups.
This Artwork In 1 Sentence
When we put all the facts together, we can create one sentence that describes an artwork.
Here is my sentence:
“This work of art is a stone sculpture of the Buddha giving his first teaching after reaching enlightenment.”
What is your 1 sentence about this artwork?
How would you describe this artwork? Use descriptive terms.
If you were making a sculpture, how would you depict the Buddha teaching?
This Buddha is dressed in Greco-Roman clothing. If you were making a sculpture of the Buddha today, what contemporary clothing would you depict the Buddha in?
Write A Story
This sculpture of the Buddha was made during the Kushan dynasty in Gandhara. Gandhara was a metropolitan city in the ancient world. It was a place where East and West meet. Today, we are used to a global society because technology like the internet connects us all.
Have your students write a story about an object or person that makes them feel connected to the rest of the world.