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Activities

These activities focus on works of art in the Whitney’s collection and special exhibitions. Through discussion, research, art making, and writing activities, we hope to encourage close looking, foster conversation between students, and connect artwork to classroom learning. Learn about our four artist-centered themes.

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RICHARD ESTES, THE CANDY STORE, 1961

Think about different places.

With their luminous precision and finely rendered detail, Richard Estes’s paintings can be mistaken for photographs. Estes often shoots five or six rolls of film in preparation for a single painting, enlarging details and combining elements from several photographs as source material. He then works from these photographs to create his paintings.

Look closely at The Candy Store. What kind of details does Estes include in his painting? What does he leave out? Does this remind your students of any place in their neighborhood? Why or why not?

Compare The Candy Store to Edward Hopper’s painting Early Sunday Morning. How are the two paintings similar? How are they different?

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Richard Estes, The Candy Store, 1969  69.21 For Teachers