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Writing Flash Fiction from Art, Part 1

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Writing Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

In this Collection, students will choose art to help generate a piece of original flash fiction. 

Flash fiction - which is limited to 750-1500 words - is uniquely useful to developing writers because it allows them to practice their writing skills over a number of shorter pieces.  The artwork is of great purpose to creating Flash Fiction because it can provide a writer with three of the five essential elements - Setting, Situation, Sensory Detail - as identified by  Katey Schultz of the Interlochen College of the Creative Arts.   Another useful resource is found here.

This assignment is the first of a series of assignments in which students develop Flash Fiction from art pieces, giving them the opportunity to develop their skills over time, then revise and edit and submit a final piece.

Subway

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Fishstand

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Hercules Killing the Hydra

Smithsonian American Art Museum

One Day in June

Smithsonian American Art Museum

In the Barber Shop

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Street Scene

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Madonna and Child

Smithsonian American Art Museum

On the Dunes (Lady Shannon and Kitty)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Market

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The Bar at Rosy's

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Wharf Markets

Smithsonian American Art Museum

People Near Boat

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Nurse and Child in Garden

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Travelling Carnival, Santa Fe

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Summer

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Skating in Central Park

Smithsonian American Art Museum

On the Sunset Hill, 1926

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Beach Umbrellas at Blue Point

Smithsonian American Art Museum

A Matter of Opinion

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Wartime Marketing

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Dining Room

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Sunlight and Shadow

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Physical Examination

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Pioneers of the West

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Waterfront at Night

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Camas para Sueños

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The White Ballet

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Wartime Marketing

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Visual Thinking Skills Practice

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Cape Cod Morning

Smithsonian American Art Museum