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Jay DeFeo

The Rose


Jay DeFeo, The Rose, 1958–66  95.170 For Teachers

Jay DeFeo began The Rose in 1958 with an idea that the work was going to "have a center.” 1 For almost eight years, she kept applying thick paint, then chiseling away at it, and applying more paint. 

As a class, brainstorm the different ways a work of art could “have a center.” What would this work look like? What would it be made out of? Think about creating a work with many layers, like The Rose. How would your students create layers around the center of their work? Experiment with different ways to create centered and layered works using the materials in your classroom.

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