3 Write the following: Activity I the title of the paintingthe artist’s nameone detail from the backgroundone detail from the foreground
4 Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by Pieter Bruegel the Elderc. 1558Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels
5 Pieter BruegelPieter Bruegel the Elder, nicknamed ‘Peasant Bruegel’ was probably the most significant and exciting painter in the Northern Europe during the middle part of the sixteenth century. His nickname “Peasant Bruegel” indicates his subjects: peasant life, proverbs and genre scenes, the New Testament— topics set among common folks of contemporary Flanders.*
7 RememberThe learner can recall information and/or processes at will.
8 Write a brief description of the scene depicted in the painting. Activity IIWrite a brief description of the scene depicted in the painting.
9 Shepherd gazes at the sky The ship sails right byShepherd gazes at the skyIcarus’ legsFarmer concentrates on plowingThe man on shore doesn’ t notice
10 UnderstandLearners make connections between what they already know and the new ideas they are trying to assimilate.The “understand” level of thinking usually involves conceptual knowledge, the comprehension of an idea.
11 Sensory Impressions and Mood—Activity IV Animal sounds—horse, sheep, dog; wind blowing through trees; splash as Icarus hits the waterWarmth of the sun; soft, newly-plowed earth; movement of ship; coolness of water; breeze in sails; whip on horse; edge of plowed row;Quiet; peaceful, mundane; apathetic; disinterested; idyllic; expectant, lonely; detached, etc.Scents of animals; salty air; newly plowed earth; sweaty farmer; “fishy” seaside smellsSalty air; dust/dirt stirred by plowSun going down; delicate sailing ship; farmer plowing; Icarus’ legs thrashing the sea; shepherd gazing into sky; city in background
12 ApplyLearners use procedures and processes they have already learned to execute tasks and solve problems.
13 Activity IV.What is a theme of the painting?List three or more specific details that support this theme.
14 AnalyzeLearners break material down into its constituent parts and determine how the parts are related to each other and to an overall structure.
15 Activity V:Which detail in the painting most effectively conveys the theme?Justify your answer.
16 EvaluateLearners detect flaws or inconsistencies in a product or process and/or use pre-determined criteria to judge the quality of a product or text.
18 Using the Williams poem as a model, create an original poem, taking the perspective of one of the following and beginning with the sentence “According to ______________, when Icarus fell….”someone on the deck of the shipthe plowmanthe fisherman on the bankIcarusDaedalusthe sheepherder
19 Create (Synthesize)Learners combine elements into a different form or merge information from several sources into a unified whole. A new product comes into being from previously existing materials or texts.
20 CreditsImage of Brueghel available at:Vulpine reading of “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” available at:
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