Kalounna in Frogtown

Author: Sara Jatcko, Terra Foundation for American Art At first glance Notice the body language and facial expression of the boy in this painting. What words come to mind? Next, look at the setting. What kind of place is this? What elements in the background stand out? How does (or doesn’t) the boy seem to […]

Sanctuary

Author: The Art Institute of Chicago Staff At First Glance What materials can you identify in this sculpture? How do you think the artist manipulated these materials (or not)? What adjectives would you use to describe the artwork? What tools might have been used to create it? Does this sculpture remind you of anything that […]

From Shore to Shore

Author: Sara Jatcko, Terra Foundation for American Art At First Glance What is the first thing that you notice when you look at this painting? Why does it stand out?  Where do you think the artist wants you to focus your attention? Describe that area. What makes you say that?  What is the setting here? […]

The Offering/La Ofrenda

Author: National Museum of Mexican Art Education Department Staff At First Glance Describe the figure in this artwork. Who do you think she is? Why might the artist have wanted to create an image of her? Does the image on her body look familiar? Does it remind you of anything? How does the artist use […]

Under the El (train)-Selling Watermelons

Author: Nevada Montgomery, DuSable Museum of African American History At First Glance Does this image look familiar? Which elements resemble things you’ve seen? Notice the group of people at the center of the painting. What kind of transaction is taking place? Now notice the setting. Where do you think this scene is taking place? What […]

Robert Abbott Founds the Chicago Defender

Author: Nevada Montgomery, DuSable Museum of African American History At First Glance Describe the man in this painting. What is he doing? What colors does the artist use in this image? What mood do these colors help create? What other details do you find within the image? Why might the artist have included them? What […]

Zapata

Author: The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Education Department At First Glance Pick one of the figures in this painting and describe him or her. How does he/she interact with the others in the scene? Does it seem like some figures are more important than others? Why do you think we see the faces of […]

Hull House Coffee Shop, Class on Naturalization, Miss Binford

Author: The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Staff At First Glance Where and when do you think this photograph was taken? What details suggest the place and date of the image? What is the relationship of the figures in the photograph to one another? Who might these people be?  Why might they be gathered here? Read […]

Jesus Torres at Hull­-House Kilns

Author: The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Staff At First Glance Describe the figure in this photograph. What is he doing? Where might this scene have taken place? When do you think this photograph was made? What evidence do you see that helps you determine the time period? Read to Build Knowledge Wallace Kirkland’s photograph Jesus […]

Strange Worlds

Author: The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Education Department At First Glance How would you describe the man in this painting? Where do you think he is? Does he appear to fit into this place? Why or why not? How do you think he feels about being in this setting? Read to Build Knowledge The […]