What can we learn from looking at Janice Wright Cheney’s Tephritidae (Goldenrod Gall Fly)?

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 are we looking at? What materials did the Wright Cheney use? Explain the effect the handkerchief has on your experience of the work? What about the fly and flower? What visual elements support your ideas?

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

Let’s imagine

The Kleenex has all but replaced the handkerchief, especially for women. Men still use them more readily. If you were the Tephritidae would you want to be used for a handkerchief?