The Astronomer, Johannes Vermeer, 1668

Vermeer was a dutch painter only 36 of whose paintings have survived- this is probably a portrait of Leeuwenhoek, the first scientist working with microscopes – also Dutch. It was stolen by the Nazi’s during WWII, but returned to the Jewish Rothschild banking family after the war. This painting has …

Nighthawks, Edwin Hopper, 1942

In slang a “nighthawk” is an insomniac or a person who naturally prefers the night. The picture is said to represent the loneliness of the city. The actual “nighthawk” is a bird that hunts at night. Shows like “the Simpsons” and various movies have set up a scene like this …

The Dance Class, Edgar Degas, 1874

Degas frequently painted and sculpted ballet dancers. The man in the painting is a famous ballet master teacher. Taking lessons. Write about lessons you have taken – music, dance, skiing, skating, bike riding, even Kumon – any lessons taught by someone other than your parents. Write about outfits and costumes …

The Scream, Edvard Munsch

Munsch described his painting as a “scream of nature”.  What environmental issue do you personally address, and what would you like to see addressed? Largely as a result of The Scream Munsch is one of the most famous of modern painters. If you could have your wish what things would …

The Milkmaid, Johannes Vermeer

Milk and Me – stories of products from milk that I like ad don’t like (milk, cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, ice-cream, etc. Bread and Me – my favourite sandwiches making my own sandwiches, baking bread, types of bread I have tried, etc. Behind her on the floor is a …

David, Lorenzo Bernini

David is holding a slingshot.  Write stories of weapons you have had or played with – toy guns, bows and arrows, toy rifle, toy sword, space weapon, etc. David is a young shepherd facing a giant with sword. Write about being brave. What do you think bravery is?  Give some …