This Sunday’s program is inspired by two stories about storms. First, we’ll listen to a Nigerian story about how thunder and lightning are created. We’ll also look at the painting Lightning by David Milne, which shares another perspective on storms and their power. This artwork is on display in the exhibition The Permanent Collection: What the Bat Knows. Inspired by both, we will create paintings that tell our own stories about living with the forces of nature.
- A computer or phone to listen to or read a story.
- Paper or canvas
- Paint, paint brushes, and water
- Pencils, erasers, and sharpeners
1. Listen to or read the story Thunder and Lightning as told on the Circle Round Podcast. https://www.wbur.org/circleround/2017/11/14/thunder-and-lightning-circle-round. Or, you can read the shortened version of this story in the “About the Artwork” section.
2. Take a look at the painting Lightning by David Milne. Do you think this artwork tells a story? What do you think he is trying to tell us about this force of nature?
3. Think about a story from your own life where a part of nature played a big role. How did you interact with that part of nature? Some examples of parts of nature could be:
- Strong winds.
- Snowy winters.
- The hot sun.
- Mosquitoes trying to bite you.
- Ground squirrels digging holes.
- Bees pollinating plants and helping make your food.
- Powerful rivers.
- Shade from trees.
4. Create a painting to tell that story. Before you start, think about the story’s parts. Who are the characters in the story? What are the most important events of the story? How did you feel during the story’s events? Visual artists are often challenged with trying to tell a story without words. How will you tell all those parts of your story in paint? We recommend sketching out your picture in pencil first, and then painting over it.