How do artists use symbolism, allegory, parody and appropriation to communicate meaning in their work? Take a deep dive into classic works from the NGV Collection such as The Banquet of Cleopatra by Giambattista Tiepolo and discover how to build your students’ skills in English using the power of art. Experiment with language, develop rich descriptive vocabulary and be inspired with creative writing ideas in this professional learning program.
This program is packed with art-inspired practical exercises which support core skills in Reading and Viewing, Writing, and Speaking and Listening and transfer easily to your English classroom.
Duration: 90 minutes
- Discuss the relationship between visual art and written creative texts.
- Analyse and interpret Giambattista Tiepolo’s The Banquet of Cleopatra c.1743–44.
- Practise writing different text types inspired by themes in the painting.
- Investigate how writers and artists use the devices of symbolism, allegory, parody and appropriation to convey different levels of meaning.