Conversation - Sky and Earth

Charles Sheeler (1883–1965)

Object Details

  • 1940
  • Medium:
  • Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:
  • 28 X 23
  • Accession Number:
  • 2009.7
  • Artwork Credits:
  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

Object Description

Educator Resources

Essential Questions

  • Why might a business commission an artist?
  • What are the benefits and/or detriments to having an artist promote an industry?
  • How have industry and technology altered the natural landscape over time? How have artists captured this transformation of the natural landscape in their artwork?
  • Why might an artist choose to paint in a precise and geometric style?

Suggested Activities (Any grade)

Isolate one small section of the painting and try to reproduce it using Charles Sheeler’s powerful, precise style.

Suggested Activities (Any grade)

Students will imagine a story they could create that features the sky and earth as seen in this work of art.  How would these two get along with each other?  How would they spend time together? What happens to them? What would they say to each other? Write a conversation between sky and earth on a card with dialogue bubbles. Then, write a poem that includes some of these words.  

Location: On View
Part of: Paintings