Talking Points: The Bayeux Tapestry

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The Bayeux Tapestry

Discover the entire Bayeux Tapestry scene by scene and follow online the 70 meter-long embroidered canvas which tells the story of the conquest of England in 1066 via the official Bayeux Tapestry site.

Use the above images to inspire “Show Me What You See” looking and drawing exercise. 

The Animated Bayeux Tapestry was created as a student project while at Goldsmiths College. Just as the historic original embroidery does, the animation depicts the lead up to the Norman Invasion of Britain in 1066. 

Animation by David Newton, Music and sound design by Marc Sylvan.

“Close Looking” Questions to Ask Children

Tell me about the clothes the people wear. What purposes do the outfits serve? What patterns can you see repeated? 

What shapes and forms do you see repeated? Why do you think the artists repeated similar forms? 

Tell me about the colours you see. How do they make you feel? Would we use similar colours today? 

How do the artists depict ideas about strength and power?

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