Creating Tableaux & Pictures in a Gallery Lesson

Creating Tableaux & Pictures in a Gallery Lesson

Objective: Students apply aesthetic principles to create stage pictures.

Students create frozen images with a team to demonstrate understanding of aesthetic principles integral to work in drama—such as level, shape, line, and illusion of action. Students discover how their own aesthetic tastes and choices can affect a picture’s beauty and clarity. Students also have the chance to take on the role of a director, giving them the opportunity to develop their leadership skills while putting their learning into practice. This lesson is a part of our recommended sequence in the Fifth Grade Curriculum.

Fifth Grade Drama Journal: Creating Tableaux & Pictures in a Gallery

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each lesson in the curriculum, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses. If you use the journal for assessment and would like more assessment tools, visit our Fifth Grade Curriculum

Grade Level


  • Aesthetics
  • Tension & Relaxation


  • Visual Art


  • Circle
  • Open