What can we learn from looking at Krieghoff’s Merrymaking?

Let’s Look

Take your time. Look carefully. Where do your eyes go first? Then where? Take in as many details as you can.

Let’s describe

What time of year is it? What time of day is it? What are the people doing? How would you describe the atmosphere in the painting? What visual elements support your ideas?

Encourage students to ask questions. What visual elements in the artwork prompt the questions asked?

Let’s imagine

If you walked through the house what would be happening? Why is that? If you sat on the rooftop and looked all around you what would you see? How do you know? Would you like to stay here overnight? Do you think you would sleep well? What sounds would you hear through the night?