Compare Crawford’s preparatory drawing and his finished painting. Observe what has changed and discuss how these changes affect the final work.
Crawford painted images of the architecture he saw everyday. Look out your window and sketch what you see.
Make a drawing and then create a painting inspired by the drawing. How is the image changed when transformed from a black and white sketch to a color painting?
Look at Crawford’s drawing and make charcoal drawings, using your fingers and erasures to smudge their lines to create light and dark shading.
Compare Crawford’s depiction of rooftops with Louis Eilshemius’ New York Roof Tops.
Crawford painted this work during the Depression, when many factories had to close. Research the Depression and its American factories.
Write a story about the people who might have worked in the factories shown in this painting.
Do you think the factories in this picture are active or abandoned? Why or why not?
How many different buildings are shown in Factory Roofs? Count the number of walls depicted.
Using a ruler, calculate the volume of the chimney, measuring from the visual base of the chimney to its top.