Myths, Legends and Folktales
Term: 2 Year: 2009
This unit of work focuses on the theme of Myths, Legends and Folktales.
Class discussions were based around this theme and students formed definitions of a myth, legend and a folktale.
A myth being a traditional story based on truth but which has had bits added. A legend is a traditional story of
gods or heroes which tries to explain why people or things are like they are. A folktale is a short story which has
been written to give a message.
Students were then asked to find their own image of a myth, legend or folktale. They completed several experiments
and were introduced to various acrylic painting techniques which they used in their final finished artworks. These
techniques included sponging, stippling, applying a wash, using a palette knife to create texture and movement, blending
and dry brushing.
Overall students selected a variety of different myths, legend and folktales keeping in mind that in the 19th, 20th
& 21st centuries many myths, legends and folktales have been depicted in an animated format.
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