I Couldn't Tell if He was Crying
Color reduction woodcut and letterpress on handmade mulberry and North Dakota native milkweed paper
Printed by Kim Fink
19 3/8 x 52 1/4 in.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
© 2015-2016 Daniel Heyman and Lucy Ganje
Why might artists choose to collaborate on a work of art?
How might the choice to create a diptych affect the way in which a work of art is viewed and interpreted? How might unity be created in a diptych?
Why might an artist choose to include text in a work of art?
How has the purpose, media, and style of portraits changed and/or stayed the same throughout time?
How might the background, clothes, facial expression, and body language depicted in a portrait reveal something about the sitter?
How might the style, subject, and depiction of the sitter reveal something about the artist who created the portrait?
What kinds of relationships can exist between artist and subject, and how might those relationships impact the work of art?
Read the book The Star People: A Lakota Story by S.D. Nelson.
Have students take time to read the words that are in the artwork. Students will then take time to consider how they would want to be represented in a portrait and what story they would want to tell about their lives. Students will take a paper and fold it in half like a book. On one half of the paper, students will draw their own portrait and write words around the portrait that are important to them. These words could be things they say, their ideas or beliefs, or words that describe them. On the other half of the paper students can write a story they would want to share with others.
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