2. Color. A bright spot of color can grab the eye. Or putting colors together that clash. Since this painting is so subdued, there isnt much striking color.
3. Direction lines. Most painters construct in their paintings objects that sweep your attention up to the focal point. Here, Rembrandt uses angles. Do you see the triangle of the ladders against the cross that carry your eye upward? And how the three areas of color make the points of a different triangle?
Its in the little things. Kids love to find details in pictures. This painting has a visual feast of expression. Faces are compassionate, anguished and determined. As you find details, ask your children to find them, too. Its like I Spy in a painting.
Feelings. Ask your children what the painting makes them feel. Explore their reaction to the painting. Remember, the artist is always looking for a response. It may, like in this case, be a clear impact: were to see the sorrow and wonder of Jesus death. Other paintings might provoke a range of emotions.
Tonight, gather your kids around you and look at a book of paintings. Youll find not only the pleasure of beauty, but also the richness of the dialogue that follows.
Now, Ill show you how to bring a story out of a painting.