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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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Think about where you live.

For Early Sunday Morning Edward Hopper painted a quiet New York street before anyone was up. Originally titled Seventh Avenue Shops, the inspiration for this image was an actual row of buildings on Seventh Avenue in New York’s Greenwich Village; Hopper combined his sketches of this street and others to create Early Sunday Morning.

Ask your students to think about the street that they live on. What does it look like in the morning, in the afternoon, and at night? Have them choose a time of day. What colors, patterns, and shapes would they see on their street at that time? Who would they see? What would be moving? What would be still? After discussing this as a class, ask your students to draw a picture of their street for homework, paying particular attention to the time of day.

Edward Hopper, Early Sunday Morning, 1930  31.426  On view For Teachers