Thinking and Writing about Jean Honore Fragonard’s Painting, A Young Girl Reading

I hope you’ve been enjoying the art activities in the last couple posts. Here are some thinking and writing activities to finish our study of A Young Girl Reading.

A Young Girl Reading wikimedia commons

Thinking and Writing about Art

Project 1, Thinking about Fragonard’s Painting

  •    What do you think the young girl is reading?
  •     In the 1700s did most girls learn to read?
  •     Do you like her hair style and her dress?
  •     Do these styles fit where and when the artist lived?  (Paris,  1700s)
  •     Would these styles fit with our time for any activities or not?
  •     Who do you think Fragonard made this painting for?
  •     Where do you think it would have hung? (remember, it didn’t always hang in a museum!!)

How could you update this painting’s subject to today’s world?

  •    What would the young girl be wearing?
  •    What would her hair look like?
  •    What else could she be holding to read?
  •     Where else might she be?

Project 2, Writing about Fragonard’s Painting

    Write a story as if you are this young girl. Here are some sentences to get you started:

 Bonjour, my name is______________________. I live in ________________________.  Monsieur

 

Fragonard painted this picture of me for_____________________________. I enjoy reading

 

about_____________________________. I have a pet_________________, and its name

 

is___________________.  My friends and I like to___________________________.

 

Project 3, Writing about You

 Writing or Drawing

     Write about or draw a picture of your favorite spot telling or showing why it’s special. Is it quiet or noisy? Are you alone or with friends? What do you do there—read, play games, watch TV, daydream?

__________________________________________

 I hope you’ll have fun and let me know in the comments how you enjoyed these project. 

I have a couple writing deadlines coming up in May, so I need to take a short break to finish these, but I plan to be back in June with a whole new artwork to study and enjoy with various activities . 20170724_203723

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2 thoughts on “Thinking and Writing about Jean Honore Fragonard’s Painting, A Young Girl Reading

  1. Martha Gamblin

    I’m loving these in-depth studies. I’ve come back to it in thought many times. I I think she’s reading the Bible on a porch where she can catch a breeze and have some privacy. I often read on our side porch for those reasons. I love her hair and clothes. I was in shorts or jeans most of the time but we did have to dress in the afternoon in case someone “came calling.” Perhaps she was waiting for a visitor.

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    1. Kathy The Picture Lady Post author

      Hi Martha, I’m so glad you’re enjoying my new format! I’m enjoying making suggestions for activities that explore the art in more depth. I didn’t have a porch but I used to take a lawn chair out under some trees. I love her dress and hair, too but am glad our clothes today allow more freedom. That is so interesting that you had to dress in the afternoon in case anyone “came calling.” Thanks so much for sharing that memory !

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