This Web site can be used by students to enhance their visit to the
exhibition, Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness, or independent
of the exhibition. Information on exhibition venues, locations, and
dates is available from the opening page of the Web site:
Below are instructions and information on each of the student components
of this site.
The Student Activities portion of this site has three sections that
examine aspects of Porter's life and work. An additional Activity
Log is available to help guide students in their exploration of
these three sections. Photography
Assignments offer your students suggestions for photographing the
world around them.
Becoming an Artist
- A biography of Eliot Porter examines his early life, influences,
and decisions that led him into a career as a scientist, then as an
- The Activity
Log for this section encourages students to summarize what they
read and connect it to their own lives.
The World of Eliot Porter
- Porter photographed around the world. Students can examine his photographs
from twelve different locations.
- Using the Activity
Log, students will learn about each place through Porter's photographs
and can compare two different locations.
Making a Statement
- Eliot Porter made artistic choices to express his feelings about
nature. In Composing
a Subject and Expression
Through Color, students can explore the choices artists make when
composing a photograph.
- Porter made twenty-five, large-format photographic books during
his career. In The
Place No One Knew, students can examine one of Porter's book projects
that addresses the environmental issue of damming rivers in the American
Printable Activity Log
- Porter sometimes kept journals on his photographic trips around
the world. Similar to a journal, the Activity Log will help students
navigate through the site.
- This log covers each of the three sections of the Web site. Three
or four class periods may be required to complete the log. However,
you may want to assign one section at a time. Individual sections
should take one or two class periods.
Note: Please print and make copies of the Activity Log
for each student. Students will use the Activity Log at the computer.
Please preview the log before your students embark on their virtual
- Porter photographed nature in remote locations, but he also found
interesting subjects right where he lived. These assignments enable
students to explore their surroundings with a camera, using Porter's
example as their model.
- Use these assignments after students learn about Porter’s
life and photographs from Becoming an Artist, The World of Eliot Porter,
Making a Statement, and the Activity Log.
Students at the Computer
Students can work individually or in pairs at the computer. Teachers
may prefer to schedule time in the computer lab for one to three class
Before sending students to the computer, please make sure
your school has access to this site and that it is not blocked
by a filter.
||Select the section(s) from the list above that you want your students
to explore. Remember, each section may take one class period.
Print the corresponding Activity Log sections you have selected,
then make copies of these sections for each student. It is your
tool to evaluate their comprehension of the Eliot Porter Student
Check off the section(s) on the assignment page of the Activity
Send students to www.cartermuseum.org/edu_guides/porter
with their printed Activity Log. Please be specific with students
about which sections they need to visit on the Web site.
Once students have completed the Activity Log, have them
do the photography assignments. You will need cameras and film
(disposable cameras are fine), pencils, clipboards, and camera
instructions (you provide these).
III. Additional Resources
The Amon Carter Museum’s Teaching Resource Center (TRC) offers
a collection of resources related to Eliot Porter for loan to teachers
in Texas. For a list of these items, or other additional teaching resources
on photography or American art, please visit the TRC online by clicking
on the link above. Search under the "All Topics" pull-down
menu for Eliot Porter.
Porter Collection Guide
In addition to this Student Web Site, the Amon Carter Museum has developed
an online Eliot Porter collection guide. This guide presents over 750
Porter images. Learn more about the Amon Carter Museum’s Porter
collection and see more photographs here.
Eliot Porter: The Color Wildness features an award-winning,
large-format book, a 2003 calendar, and other related products.
If you need assistance using this site, please click the link above,
or call the Amon Carter Museum education department at 817.738.1933.