Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • If you were to step into this painting, what would you hear? What would you smell? What would the weather feel like?

  • Do you think there is a breeze or that the air is still? What makes you think that?

  • Do you see any people in this painting? Are there any signs that people have been there?

  • Does this painting consist of mainly warm colors or cool colors?

  • This work was probably painted en plein air, or outside. There are pin holes in the corners of the canvas where it was probably attached to a portable surface. What would be the benefits of painting a work like this en plein air instead of in a studio?