Edward Hopper, Early Sunday Morning

 View and discuss Hopper’s painting with your students. Ask them to describe what they see. What do students notice about this street? Ask students to look at the windows and notice the similarities and differences. What might be missing from this street scene? If your students could add two things to this painting, what would they be? Why?

Ask students to think about their own neighborhood. How is this scene similar to or different from where they live or go to school?

a. Ask your students to imagine what the street in Edward Hopper’s painting, Early Sunday Morning might look like when everyone wakes up. Print out the attached template for each student and ask them to add details to the scene. For example, they can include people, dogs, cars, or whatever else they like. 

b. Ask students to work in small groups for this activity. Have them imagine Edward Hopper’s painting, Early Sunday Morning as a scene in a film. Your students are the film directors. Ask them to write a script and draw a storyboard for one scene in the film. Give students different times of day to stage their scene. For example, 7 am, 12 noon, 4 pm, 7 pm, 11 pm. Have students perform their street scene, or they could form a tableau of one moment in the scene. Discuss how the scene changed at the different times of day. Did the mood of the scene change in any way? How?

Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Early Sunday Morning, 1930. Oil on canvas, 35 3/16 × 60 1/4 in. (89.4 × 153 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.426. © Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY