Transportation Personification

Isn’t this some title?

Possible Classroom Concepts: Social Studies – Transportation

Language Arts – Personification, illustrators

Possible Art Concepts: Art History – Arthur Dove, Walt Disney, James Rizzi

Art Careers – Cartoonists, Illustrators

Personification is giving human qualities to something nonhuman. This is just what Arthur Dove does to the tugboat in his  painting, “The Bessie of New York.”  Look here for information about Bessie:

The pdf mentions Theodore and the Queen. The link doesn’t work. Go here to find it:

Ask students what TV shows and movies are similar to Theodore the Tugboat? (Thomas the Train, Disney’s “Cars” movie and “Planes” movie)

As the article explains, the year this tugboat painting was created Walt Disney was producing animated films. Do you think the following cartoon may have influenced him?

The BMA pdf asks students to animate or personify an object. Using the books,“The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Dawalt or “Punctuation Takes a Vacation” by Robin Pulver as inspiration, why not have students pick a service vehicle who leaves. Younger students could write one sentence of how the vehicle feels. Older students could write a paragraph or two on how the vehicle feels, why they left and the consequences to the community. They could then personify an illustration of the service vehicle.

Check out modern artist, John Rizzi’s, personified buildings in his New York City on steroids cityscapes.

Did you see his cityscapes that included transportation on land, in the water and in the air? Could your class incorporate their personified transportation into one of these Rizzi projects?

SO MUCH FUN! See you soon!


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