Discussion Questions: Wayne Thiebaud’s Valley Streets

Wayne Thiebaud, Valley Streets, 2003; The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York; photo: courtesy Paul Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco

  1. Describe the lines, shapes, and colors in this work. Can you find any geometric shapes? Organic shapes?
  2. Do you see any areas in the painting where the artist used complementary colors next to each other, such as orange and blue? Green and red? Yellow and violet?
  3. Which objects are closest to you in this work? What is farthest away?
  4. If you were sitting in the back of the school bus, how would you feel? What sounds would you hear? What smells would you smell?

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