What can we learn from looking at Mary Pratt’s This is Donna?

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 is the woman doing? How would you describe the atmosphere in the painting? What visual elements support your ideas? What effect does the shadow cast?

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

Let’s imagine

If you could replace the name Donna with a name of your choosing, what would it be and why? This is . . .