Research Impressionism and make a list of its characteristics. Complete a painting of an everyday subject in an impressionistic style.
Examine Washington Arch, Spring and discuss the season and time of day. What clues suggest it is an early spring morning? How has Hassam used color to convey time and climate?
Create your own scene of Washington Arch during a different season or time of day. Consider the type of clothes that people might wear. Also think about the colors you would include and your reasons for using these colors.
Create a diary entry detailing “a day in the life” of a particular worker in Washington Arch, Spring. Choose between the carriage driver, the nanny, or the street cleaner.
Compare Washington Arch to the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. They are both monuments to George Washington. Make a list of all of the similarities and differences you see.
Study Hassam’s Washington Arch, Spring. Then write an essay describing a monument in honor of an event or a person in your city.
Think about the people shown in Hassam’s Washington Arch, Spring. Describe the occupations of the various individuals. Which ones are workers? How about the woman on the right? Consider the relationship between workers and people of leisure.
A horse-drawn carriage is present in Washington Arch, Spring. Look on the timeline to see when cars were invented. Compare this date to the year when Washington Arch, Spring was painted. Discuss how this painting would look if painted 50 years later.
Research street transportation in American cities at the turn of the century.
A shadow of an electric street lamp is present in the foreground of Washington Arch, Spring. Research the history of street lamps. How would this technological advancement improve or hinder life in New York City?