Creative writing prompts about art | High school essay topics

Creative writing prompts about art | High school essay topics

Have you ever wanted to travel to Paris and visit the world’s most famous museum, the Louvre? These essay topics are based on three of the Louvre’s most famous works of art. Invite your teens to apply inspiration, investigation, and imagination to help them dig into these creative writing prompts about art!

1. Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa | Writing Prompts about Art

The year is 1505. You’re a time traveler walking a quiet street in a small town in France. While admiring local wares in a shop window, you notice a young woman waving at you. She looks familiar. You approach her and ask her name. “Lisa,” she says, smiling. Suddenly you remember who she is!

Now is your opportunity to ask her questions you’ve always wanted to know about the famous painting that bears her image. Write a brief creative essay describing the conversation you’ll have with her and the questions you’ll ask.

2. The Coronation of Napoleon

Coronation of Napoleon | Writing Prompts about Art

Every painting tells a story. What is the story behind The Coronation of Napoleon? Do some research to find out who commissioned this painting—and why. How long did it take the artist to paint this picture? How did it come to live at the Louvre? Write an informative essay describing how this painting came to be.

3. Code of Hammurabi

Code of Hammurabi | Writing Prompts about Art

This work of art is not a painting, but a relief sculpture intended to serve a larger purpose. Write a compare and contrast essay describing this statue and comparing its purpose with that of another famous work that was set in stone: the Ten Commandments. How are they similar? How are they different?

Did your teen enjoy these creative writing prompts about art? If so, check back once a month on Writing Prompt Wednesdays for even more topics that especially appeal to teens, such as:



  • Posted May 14, 2018


    Fun ideas! I’ve had my kids write about things they read, but I love the idea of writing about the what the stories behind the art might be!

    • Posted May 14, 2018

      Kim Kautzer

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Sara! I hope they have fun with these prompts. 🙂

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