Dahlov Ipcar: Jungle Pool

When viewing art, allow a few minutes just to observe. Careful observation allows time to use all the senses, become engaged, and notice things missed at first glance. Make a list of everything observed: objects, colors, shapes, patterns, as well as the feelings that the work conveys to you.

Work of Art

Dahlov Ipcar, Jungle Pool, 1965, Oil on canvas, 22 1/16 x 28 1/4 x 3/4 inches, Anonymous Gift, 1984.3.2

Guiding Questions:

  • How many animals can you find in the painting? Can you identify them all? Describe what each animal is doing.
  • Describe the shapes and patterns that the artist has used in this image.  
  • Where do you see repeating lines or patterns?
  • Is this a real or imaginary place? Why do you think so?

Suggested Activities: 

  • Make a paper collage using cut or torn pieces of construction paper. You can make an entire landscape scene or just an animal. Think about the shapes you want to make. Add additional details using markers.
  • Read Dahlov Ipcar’s book The Calico Jungle (Islandport Press, 2010). Can you find a picture in the book that is almost identical to this one?

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