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Artwork Resource Packet: <em>Starry Night and the Astronauts</em> by Alma Thomas

Artwork Resource Packet: Starry Night and the Astronauts by Alma Thomas

This abstract painting evokes the excitement of the first space flights in the 1960s and 1970s. Inspired by the Apollo missions, Thomas's thickly painted patches of vivid color against a white ground creates a sensation of flickering light, which suggests the mysterious beauty of outer space and inspires a sense of wonder. This teaching packet includes an essay, discussion questions, activity ideas, a glossary, and an image of the artwork.

20th century, abstraction, African American, American, collage, painting, travel


Elementary, High School, Middle School

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