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
Jonathan Fisher, A Morning View of Blue Hill, 1824, Museum purchase, 1965.1465.134
- What immediately jumps out at you when you first look at this work?
- What took more time to observe?
- What are you noticing in the foreground (bottom of work)? Middle ground? Background (at top of work)?
- What do you think the artist wants us to know about this place?
- Write a description of this painting for someone who has never seen it. Pay attention to the colors and details that the artist depicts.
- Write a letter home from the perspective of one of the figures. What do you imagine about the village? How is the land to be used? What is happening in town?
- Sketch a place you know well, like your school, home, or bedroom. What details will you include or leave out?
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