William Glackens enjoyed painting his friends and family having fun. In this painting they are at the beach. What do you and your family like to do together? Make a drawing of your favorite family activity.
William Glackens was painting at the same time as the American artist John Sloan. The belonged to a group of artists known as The Eight. Compare John Sloan’s Six O’Clock, Winter to Glackens’ painting, Bathers at Bellport, both painted in 1912. How are they different? What is Sloan trying to tell you about New York? What part of New York interests Glackens?
What mood has Glackens created in this painting? How does it make you feel? Would you like to be in this painting? How does Glackens create this mood? Is it through color? Setting?
In what year do you think Glackens might have created this painting? How can you tell? What type of bathing suits are the women wearing? When were these types of bathing suits popular?
This is a painting of Bellport, Long Island. Glackens visited there with his family between 1911 and 1916. Looking on the Internet, find a picture of this beach today. Does it look the same? Is it different? How so?
Pretend you are the woman in the black bathing suit in the foreground of the painting. What is she doing? Where is she going? Is there a boat at the end of the dock? Write a story from the point of view of this person.
Have you been to the beach on a family trip? What did you do? Did you swim in the water? Did you make a sandcastle? Write a story about your family’s trip to the beach.