A LANDSCAPE is a picture of the OUTDOORS.
This landscape by Frederic Church shows a fiery sunset over the wilderness in Maine. Look outside your window. What is the weather like? What colors do you see? Are they warm colors, like a red fire hydrant or an orange cat? Or maybe cool colors, like a blue house or a purple car? How do they compare to the colors you see in the painting?
This artist strategically used color and certain natural elements to symbolize different ideas and moods. The building clouds in this painting make it seem like there’s something on its way. In fact, this painting was created in 1860, right before the American Civil War. Although the war wouldn’t start until the following year, the idea of it was very much on people’s minds. This painting in many ways represents America during an anxious time in history.
Draw What You See through Your Window . . .
What do the different elements in your drawing symbolize? How do they reflect what’s going on in the world today?
Take a picture of your drawing and share your view using #CMAatHome.
Be a Color Explorer!
Use an egg carton or ice tray and paint each compartment a different color. Then, take a nature walk around your neighborhood and look for natural elements that match the colors in your tray. Can you find a brown acorn? How about a green clover? How many colors can you find?
Use your camera to zoom in and look at the details of the things you find outside. What do you see? Post your picture to your favorite social media account and see if your friends can guess what it is. Or show your pictures to your family and see if they have a guess.
Need some inspiration? Take a look at this German wooden cup. Pick a section to highlight and zoom in as much as you can. Can you find something outside that has the same texture as this cup? What other natural elements can you find in the CMA’s Collection Online?