H@H Kids Edition (Episode 3): Circus Tent Fun

For this week’s Heckscher at Home Kids Edition, we will be learning about the work of art Circus Tent by George Luks in our collection and getting inspired to create our own imaginative circus tents! Lisa Sayedi, Lead Museum Educator, will guide you through every step of the way as you discover, imagine, and create.

Watch Full Instructional Full Video Below!

Project Overview:
First, discover George Luks’ artwork, learning about detailscontrast, and line. Feeling inspired and using your imagination, create your own fold-out drawing with crayons, colored pencil, or marker!

white paper
crayons, colored pencils, or markers

Key Concepts:

What do you see in this work of art? How can you tell it’s a circus tent? What details did the artist include that tell us that? What do you see in the background of the painting?

What time of day is it? How can you tell? The bright light coming from inside the tent creates contrast with the dark night sky. Contrast is the difference between dark and light. In this painting, the contrast makes us look at the doorway right away and want to go inside the tent!

We often think of circus tents as having a red and white striped pattern on them, but let’s be creative and use our imaginations! What pattern(s) of lines and shapes will you draw on the outside of your tent?

Where are all of the people looking? Why do you think that is? What types of circus acts do you think could be happening inside the circus tent?

Make sure to include lots of details in your artwork! On the outside, you can include a doorway/opening, sign with the name of your circus or the amazing acts! On the inside, draw all of the animals and people performing in the circus, and if you like, draw the audience, or people attending the circus, too!

Please share photos of your finished works of art with us on social media and we will post some of our favorites here. And check back next week for our next project! #HeckscheratHome #MuseumfromHome