Lesson: Building 3-d Buildings

This lesson provides students with an exploration of geometric objects based on Edward Hopper's painting, Sun on Prospect Street. Students will describe, identify, compare and sort three-dimensional objects, then apply their understanding to the geometric figures used by Edward Hopper. Students will recognize and identify objects in their environment.

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Edward Hopper (1882-1967)

Edward Hopper

United States

Sun on Prospect Street (Gloucester, Massachusetts), 1934

Oil on canvas

28 x 36 1/4 in.

The Edwin and Virginia Irwin Memorial, 1959.49

A realist painter, Edward Hopper studied under Robert Henri in New York in the early 1900s. Although he visited Europe several times, he would always come back to and eventually remain in New York. Despite the fact that he had a slow start to his career, he eventually was recognized as a great artist and was given a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1933.

Modern American everyday life was captured in many of Edward Hopper's paintings. The Cincinnati Art Museum's Sun on Prospect Street (Gloucester, Massachusetts) was created with oil paint in 1934 from a watercolor he made in 1928. The subject of the painting is an ordinary American seaside town depicted from the perspective of a person in an automobile. The geometric painting is devoid of people, although it contains many locations where people reside, houses. The architecture on Prospect Street is realistically recorded with great precision.

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