clyfford still | museum
A group of students sit on the floor in a circle of an art gallery with a teacher
One teen girl holds a clipboard and smiles while another smiles and looks up in an art gallery
Photo by James Dewhirst

6-12 inStill Experiences

Art and Ideas

Experience Targets:

  • I am part of a community (of students, artists, museum-goers, Denverites, Coloradans, humans, etc.).
  • I am important. My ideas, emotions, and experiences are valuable.
  • I can look at art and share my ideas and opinions about it.
  • Art can be an experience, a source of inspiration, a way to explore my ideas, and more.
  • I can decide how art fits within my life.

What will we do?

  • Transition into the Museum and introduction to the experience.
  • Divide into three small groups and community building with educators.
  • Participate in three mini-workshops to explore the art, our interpretations, our responses, and our questions. Teachers can choose three different modules to explore and respond to the art, including:
    • Who was Clyfford Still?
    • Transition to Abstraction
    • Art and Context
    • Art and Ideas
    • Art in Times of Change
    • Responding with Poetry
    • Responding with Making
    • Responding with Drama
    • Color is What You Make It
  • Debrief and transition out of the Museum

Workshop summaries:

  • Who was Clyfford Still? Use primary sources from the Clyfford Still Archives to make inferences about Clyfford Still’s life and experiences and find connections to his artwork.
  • Transition to Abstraction: Explore the ways Clyfford Still’s art changed from representational to abstract. Wonder why artists make abstract work.
  • Art and Context: Explore the ways art might reflect or explore the history, culture, or context of the world in which it was created.
  • Art and Ideas: Use art to unpack ideas about the human experience.

  • Art in Times of Change: Explore the concept of change and how artists might respond during times of change.
  • Responding with Poetry: Write short structured poetry or longer free-verse poetry to respond to Clyfford Still’s art.
  • Responding with Making: Create your own artwork to respond to Clyfford Still’s art.
  • Responding with Drama: Collaborate as a group to create tableaux to respond to Clyfford Still’s art.
  • Color is What You Make It: Explore your personal interpretations of color and experiment with colors to change the tone of an artwork.