Interactive Exercise | Question into Monologue <em> Willem van Heythuysen </em>

Interactive Exercise | Question into Monologue Willem van Heythuysen

Artworks can offer an opportunity to consider different perspectives Artists are intentional about how they depict people alone or in groups. Spending time to look carefully at expressions, body language, and contextual clues in figural artwork can help students consider ideas about identity, community, and belonging. Use this interactive exercise to guide students as they explore a work by Kehinde Wiley, creatively document the ideas it presents to them, and consider how their thoughts connect with the artist's own ideas and intentions.

Grade Level:
Adult, College, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Teacher Professional Development
African American Art
Subject Area:
African American, Communication, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
Activity Type:
Distance Learning, Engagement Activity

Interactive Exercise | Question into Monologue Willem van Heythuysen


Spending time with artworks that depict people can help us consider different perspectives.  Give it a try with one of VMFA’s most important artworks, a painting by artist Kehinde Wiley.

You don’t have to be a scholar or an art specialist to take a closer look and think carefully about this artwork. All you will need is a little bit of time, some curiosity, your imagination, and something to write with!  Just click through the slides below.

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Other Objects to Try

You may want to try this Question into Monologue approach with some other artworks in the VMFA collection. What do you think of these?