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

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Alma Thomas

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

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