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The Seeing Eye: Using Edward Hopper's CAPE COD MORNING as Inspiration for Creative Writing

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Objective: To examine art and poetry in an effort to see beyond the ordinary, using observation, collaboration, analysis, and inference. To create an original short story and corresponding visual text based on evidence presented in Edward Hopper’s "Cape Cod Morning." // Art is integrated into this lesson in two distinct ways: with the student as consumer AND as producer. By engaging deeply in the artwork and creating multiple artistic responses to it, students truly experience not only the genius of established masters, but the relevance of their own ideas. Benefits beyond the usual curricular outcomes include building cultural literacy and gaining confidence in "reading" art. #SAAMteach

The idea for this lesson came from an article on the Smithsonian website by Helen Appleton Read, in which the author praises Edward Hopper's "seeing eye," which is to say, his uncanny ability to create extraordinary art from mundane subject matter. The students will begin with a close look at "Cape Cod Morning," followed by a structured discussion and analysis of it. After reading Read's article, the students will explore the Seeing Eye as a literary concept by delving into the exquisite Robert Frost poem, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." Throughout the lesson, students will practice visual thinking in reading and writing and go on to create both an original short story and a picture inspired by Edward Hopper's "Cape Cod Morning."