Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • What could these objects tell us about life in the Southwest?
  • How has the artist made these everyday objects look important?
  • Based on what you see, is this a landscape or a still life? Choose one and defend your choice.
  • The artist, Jerry Bywaters, was born in Texas. What symbols do you see in this painting that remind you of Texas?
  • Describe the mood of this work. What parts of the painting make you feel that way?

Making Connections

For Students K-12

  • Compare and contrast the imagery in _ On the Ranch_ with Hogue's Drouth Stricken Area (1945.6). How does each artist show the relationship between humans and nature?