Know Your Neighbor

a. View and discuss Aliza Nisenbaum’s painting with your students. Ask them to describe what they see in this work—especially the details of the figures’ surroundings. Can they identify any of the objects in the painting?

b. Ask students to find a partner and interview each other using the following questions based on Nisenbaum’s painting. Have them make notes about their partner’s answers.

How do you spend your Sunday morning?

Where do you like to hang out?

Who do you enjoy hanging out with?

What is your favorite thing to wear?

What do you like to read?

Ask students to come up with additional questions for their interview.

c. Ask students to draw a portrait of their partner and include information from their interview. 

d. Display and discuss students’ portraits. In what ways are their portraits similar? How are they different? Ask students to identify something new that they learned about their classmates by looking at their portraits.

Aliza Nisenbaum (b. 1977), La Talaverita, Sunday Morning NY Times, 2016. Oil on linen, 68 x 88 in. (172.7 x 223.5 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy T293 Gallery, Rome and Mary Mary, Glasgow