The perspective in Shells and Fishermen is unusual. Where do you think Avery was standing when he made the sketch from which this painting was derived?
Draw or paint a seascape where the horizon line is ambiguous, then have your friends look at your work. Where do they think the horizon line is?
Milton Avery loved poetry and often read contemporary poets. Write a poem based on this work of art. Include the objects and figures you see in the painting.
In Shells and Fishermen, Avery deliberately distorted the horizon line and the sky so that sky, land and sea are ambiguous. Take a poll of friends and family members to see where they find the horizon line separating land and sea, and then calculate the percentages of your answers.
Avery was from New York and painted this painting based on sketches he made in California. Research the shells that appear in this painting and see if you can identify what species they are, and whether that species is native to the Atlantic or Pacific coast or both.