Canyon is an abstract combination of colors and shapes. Use several different colored tissue papers and cut them into various sizes and shapes to make your own abstract composition.
Trace a photograph of the Grand Canyon. Using pencils and colored pencils try to make a realistic tracing of the canyon. Repeat the exercise, but the second time try to make your canyon seem more abstract by using sharp angles and varying the line from thick to thin, as in Frankenthaler’s painting.
Discuss how Frankenthaler indicates “depth” in her canyon.
Discuss the title of the painting. Do you think that Canyon is an accurate title for the work? If you could change the title, what would you call it?
Look at the colors that Frankenthaler employs in the painting. Write a few sentences about the way the colors in Canyon make you feel.
Study one of America’s most famous canyons, the Grand Canyon. Where is it located? When was it discovered? Why do you think it is so popular?
Frankenthaler was an Abstract Expressionist artist. Research this American art movement. Why is Canyon considered an Abstract Expressionist painting?
Research how canyons are formed.