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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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Write a story about what happens inside a building

Ask students to choose one building or enclosed structure from their collaborative continuous mural and imagine what might happen inside. Make a drawing of the scene. Write a short story about what is happening in the drawing. Share with class. What images and stories did they come up with? Were their stories based on reality or fiction? 

Installation view of T. J. Wilcox: In the Air, 2013 (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, September 19, 2013-February 9, 2014). Photograph by Bill Orcutt