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Look Closely! Inquiry-Based Questions Based on CMA’s Home Sweet Home Exhibition

Looking closely at works of art allows children to make observations and opens their imaginations to creatively interpret what they see. There are no wrong answers when it comes to art! Using works from our Home Sweet Home: Is a Home a Sanctuary? exhibition, spend 5-10 minutes with your child or class each day this week to investigate a special piece of art using the inquiry-based questions provided.

Day 1: Tom Fruin

Artist Tom Fruin uses combinations of colorful plexiglass and steel to create models of real life structures. What do you notice about these pieces? Do they remind you of anything? Examine the different colors in each sculpture. Why might the artist choose to red? How about blue? If you were going to create your own plexiglass sculpture, which colors would you choose, and why?

Day 2: Lucia Hierro

This installation by artist Lucia Hierro includes different parts and takes up an entire wall in our gallery! In some ways, it’s like stepping into her version of home. Do you recognize anything in this piece? Imagine you could step inside your computer screen and into this artwork. What do you hear? What do you smell or taste?

Day 3: Ann Toebbe

Painter Ann Toebbe includes many special details in her artwork, Friends: Lisa and Tim. Look carefully — how many different rooms can you find? Do you see any plants or animals? Find your favorite space and imagine what it might be like to live there. How is it the same or different from your own home?

Day 4: Letha Wilson

If you could reach out and touch this artwork by Letha Wilson, what would it feel like? Examine it closely, imagining how each surface would feel to touch. What are the different textures in this piece? Are some parts smooth while other parts are rough? How do you think the artist made this piece?

Day 5: Shinique Smith

This sculpture by artist Shinique Smith hangs on a large wall in our gallery. Click on the photo and make it really big on your screen. What do you see? Does this remind you of anything? Why do you think this piece is included in an exhibition about the meaning of home?


While our doors are closed, CMA is here for you and your family with at-home art projects to keep children entertained and engaged. However, every day we’re closed puts the future of CMA in further jeopardy. 

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