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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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Create a group poem.

Ask students to spend a minute looking at this image. Lee Bontecou lived above a New York City laundry, and she used discarded pieces of material and machines from the laundry in her sculpture. What other materials can students see?

Ask students to make three lists of words that describe this work. Each list should focus on a different part of speech, such as nouns, adjectives, and verbs. Have students circle one word from each list and share these with a small group. The group can work together to come up with a short poem or a few sentences that use these wonderfully descriptive words!

Lee Bontecou, Untitled, 1961, 1961  61.41  On view For Teachers