Exploration of Cultural Heritage
- In their classroom, students reflect on the phrase a sense
of place and what it means in their own lives. They also compare
and contrast Will Henry Stevens oil pastel works with Japanese
prints that they studied in a previous unit.
- At the museums temporary gallery (its permanent home was
underconstruction at the time of filming), students view New Orleans
and North Carolina scenes painted by Stevens, comparing the colors
and composition used in each location. They experiment with Stevens
medium, oil pastels, to investigate how the artist achieved the muted
tones he typically used.
- Also at the museum, students meet Louise Kepper, an artist who
worked with Stevens 60 years earlier. Kepper tells the children that
Stevens taught me to see and to feel. Even more than drawing,
he taught me to look ... in detail and pick out what was the most
- On the banks of the Mississippi River, where Stevens once made
his own drawings, local artist Warren Irwin helps students see with
artists eyes as they sketch the horizon line.