ACTIVITIES

LANGUAGE ARTS

1. Think of Lee Bontecou's assemblage as a passageway. Imagine how you would be drawn into this passage, what life would be like on the other side, and what might happen to you once you got there. Write a short story for each of the three episodes. Think of each of these episodes as a chapter in a book. You may want to add a final chapter that tells how everything turns out. Be sure to choose a title for your book.

2. Write a poem relating to Ellsworth Kelly's Red Panel without using the words red or shape. You might begin by making a list of the feelings you have when you look at the painting. Your feelings may even suggest memories that you want to include.

3. Mark Rothko described the colors that appear within his paintings as characters that might act in a drama. A producer has just asked you to write a play with the characters from Orange, Red, and Red. But before you can do this, you must define the characters. What are these colors' personalities like? What kind of people would they be? What would they look like?


4. You have just been commissioned to write a dictionary of art styles. Write your definition of Pop Art. You will want to include:
a. who was involved,
b. what the goals or characteristics of the style were,
c. when they made their art,
d. where they made their art,
e. how Pop Art compares to other styles.

5. Imagine that Jasper Johns' Device painting and Robert Morris' Untitled sculpture could talk to one another. Write the conversation that might take place between them.

6. Some artworks, such as Christopher Wool's Untitled, use narratives or stories. Write out the text of Christopher Wool's painting. The text almost tells a miniature story with a kind of surprise ending. Using Wool's limitations, create your own story. Your story can only be six sentences long, and it has to have a surprise ending.

When you have finished, see if you can arrange your story in such a way that it is visually interesting as well.