Have students watch The 5 W’s of Art: Shiva and Parvati
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 an inspirational family
- 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: Shiva and Parvati (video located at the bottom of this page)
- Pen or pencil
- Hoysala dynasty
- Chloritic schist
The teacher will:
- Play Shiva and Parvati 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 sculpture from India depicting Shiva and his family.”
What is your 1 sentence about this artwork?
How would you describe this artwork? Use descriptive terms.
This sculpture is a family portrait. Do you have a family portrait? How is your family arranged in your family portrait?
Shiva has attributes to so that we, the viewer, can recognize him. If you wanted people to recognize you, what would your attributes be? A phone? A favorite hat?
WRITE A STORY
Family is very important in Hinduism. All of the gods have families. The love and strong bond shared between a god’s family is meant to serve as an example of how we should treat ours. An image of Shiva’s family, like the one in the BMA’s collection, provided devotees of Shiva an image to model their own family after.
Have your students write an essay about an ideal family, such as political figures, celebrities, or religious figures that inspire them and why.
Have extra time?
Click the link below for students to explore symbolism and iconography on an interactive image.
SHIVA AND PARVATI INTERACTIVE IMAGE