Artist Danette Montoya in her studio

Storytelling Through Art

Artist Danette Montoya in her studio

Danette Montoya

Danette Montoya is a local artist who participated in the Cuatro[4] series of artist interactions. Each of the four artists brought our pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art collections to life through their own artistic practice. Danette explored her own personal identity through this project with the inspiration of artists who came before us.

I love the Mesoamerican collection. I go in there and it’s awe inspiring to me because these relics are so old and ancient and they have carried on through the age with this spirit and story in them.

— Danette Montoya

Danette looked to the past to explore identity and remembrance. Encourage your students to explore the idea of looking to the past and the stories art has to tell.

Guiding Questions:

  • How can you encourage students to think of what stories art objects can tell?
    • For example: encourage students to use descriptive words to describe the art. The colors, expressions, mood, etc.
  • How do the descriptive words help tell the story?
  • Are there objects in their homes that have a story?

TIP: Choose an art object and have your students work together to tell a story about the object. Try starting with a word building activity such as Ten Times Two.

Related Creative Activities

Lesson Plan

Designing a Dish

Students will locate different symbols on the Chinese Dish with Eight Buddhist Emblems, then choose three of their favorite symbols to create on their own paper plate dishes.

Lesson Plan

Memory & Song

Students will list colors, shapes, and images they see in the Malagan figures. The teacher will then put the items on the list into a song (using a familiar tune) to help students remember all that they saw.