Chase does not place anything in the center of Hide and Seek. What type of mood and movement does this give to the image? Search in magazines or books to find images where there is a void in the center, and consider whether this is a popular format for a composition. Then create a drawing or painting in which there are no objects in the center.
Chase was influenced by Japanese prints. Research and make a list of the characteristics of Japanese prints. How is Hide and Seek similar to a Japanese print? Different?
Look at the painting and determine who is hiding and who is seeking. Write a paragraph explaining how you reached your conclusion.
Research other children’s games and write about one that you have played.
What is your favorite game? Why? Find out about your friends’ favorite games and their reasons for selecting that game. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Investigate the kinds of games and pastimes that were popular at the time this painting was made in the 1880s. Which games were children’s favorites? What kinds of leisure activities were popular with adults at the end of the 19th century? Are they the same or different from games and pastimes that are popular now?
Compare the kinds of games that children play with those that adults play. What games interest both children and adults? What games are more fun for children? For adults?
Chase was interested in action photography. Look on the timeline to discover what year Eastman invented the hand held camera.