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Effective Storytelling

Today was a less emotionally challenging and more about having fun and being creative. The curriculum was us creating our own voice of the objects and portraits instead of listening to other people stories. After a morning of discovering how to tell an effective story and how to get the most out of the object by pure sight, we got to put our skills to the test!

The most impactful part of the day was when we went to the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery and was able to spend time with an object then come up with the story linking our individual objects to our partners objects. It was less about being historically accurate and more about how we told the stories, the details and elements that helped progress the story along.


The object I chose was a painting of Denyse Graves. This painting caught the complexity and spirit of the opera singer. It showed all the subjects mid actions, looking like they were caught mid performance. This hyper realistic painting was able to Petray so much passion and vibrancy that we wanted to bring into the story we created. My partner Sara chose Albert Einstein’s portrait, so we decided to have him (being of a science mind) go to the opera. Our theme ended up being that people don’t have to be just of science or just of arts like shown time and time again, but can have an appreciation for both. We are multidimensional beings and we have more than one side to us just like stories do.