Classroom Collaborative: Art-making Workshop

We recently tried out a new approach to the Whitney's Classroom Collaborative program. During the guided visit, the Museum educator shared information about a painting entitled From the Plains by Georgia O’Keeffe. The painting was inspired by something O’Keeffe often heard while she was in Amarillo, Texas—the loud and sad lowing of cattle.

Students talk to a teacher in front of a Georgia O'Keefe painting

Discussing From the Plains by Georgia O'Keeffe. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

The first twenty minutes of the art-making session was an exploratory exercise that challenged students to use only black lines to represent objects, experiences, sounds, and emotions.

The final project required students to pick one to three lines that they made in the exploratory exercise and combine them to create a painting.

Here are some of the results: