Teacher Workshop: Art & Literature as a Reflection of History in Conjunction with Woodmere's Special Exhibition, George Biddle: The Art of American Social Conscience

10:00 am
1:00 pm
Woodmere Art Museum

Provides 3 PA Hours

This workshop will demonstrate how works of art and literature serve as a reflection of history through the paintings of George Biddle and the literary narratives of Washington Irving and John Steinbeck. With appropriate source materials, educators can mine these natural connections for their students to gain insights into historical events and develop critical thinking skills.

The workshop will focus first on Biddle’s painting, The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, No. 4 and its connection to Irving’s short story, both created in the aftermath of war (WWII and the American Revolution respectively). The workshop will also examine Biddle’s painting, Starvation, and its relationship with John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, painted and written in response to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

Teaching materials will be provided for classroom use.