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Special Space Painting

Featuring Jim Dine's Child’s Blue Wall, 1962

Jim Dine (American, born 1935). Child’s Blue Wall, 1962. Oil on canvas, wood, metal, and light bulb, 60 x 72 inches (152.4 x 182.9 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1963 (K1963:1). © Jim Dine / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Lesson Plan Details

Conceptual Basis

In Child’s Blue Wall, 1962, Jim Dine combines painting and sculpture to create both a realistic depiction of a child’s bedroom and an abstract painting of a night sky. Through the inclusion of physical objects and the re-creation of a domestic scene, Dine also elicits emotion from the viewer. Child’s Blue Wall invites memories of childhood spaces. In this lesson, students will make connections between art and their own experiences.Students will re-create a space that has a personal special meaning in the form of a three-dimensional painting.