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Mouse Discovers Famous Artwork

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Jane Breskin Zalben

The little mouse, Janson, gets inspired by the art in the museum. Maybe your students will be inspired, too!

Prompting Questions:

  • Which was your favorite artwork in the story?
  • How did Janson feel about her artwork?
  • What kind of art would you like to try making next?

Related Creative Activities

Portrait of a man
Lesson Plan

A Portrait of One’s Own

After spending time exploring aspects of the Ancestor Portrait and the importance of ancestor portraits in the Chinese tradition, students will create an ancestor portrait using mixed media materials and present it to the class.

Lesson Plan

Combining Human and Animal Forms

Students will use visual observation skills to carefully examine the Assyrian Bird-Headed Deity limestone relief and explore the movement, sounds, and traits of different animals. They will first explore these aspects in humans and birds of prey, as seen in the limestone relief, and will then do the same with “animals” they create from two or more animals. This lesson enables children to draw upon previous knowledge and imagination in order to act out the movement, sounds, and other traits of the animals they create.