Storytelling Through Art

Artist Danette Montoya photographed in her studio working on pieces for her installation Las Almas de los Muertos, which was on view at the DAM October 18-November 13, 2016.

Storytelling Through Art

Danette Montoya is a local artist who participated in the Cuatro[4] series of artist interactions. Each of the four artists brought our pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art collections to life through their own artistic practice. Danette explored her own personal identity through this project with the inspiration of artists who came before us.

Quote from the artist:

“I love the Mesoamerican collection. I go in there and it’s awe inspiring to me because these relics are so old and ancient and they have carried on through the age with this spirit and story in them.”

-Danette Montoya

Danette looked to the past to explore identity and remembrance. Encourage your students to explore the idea of looking to the past and the stories art has to tell.

Guiding questions:

  • How can you encourage students to think of what stories art objects can tell?

For example: encourage students to use descriptive words to describe the art. The colors, expressions, mood, etc. How do the descriptive words help tell the story? Are there objects in their homes that have a story?