In His Space

The Mill by RembrandtThe Mill

This activity is intended for people who stand before the actual work of art. If you visit The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and spend time looking at The Mill, please join us in the activities below:

Look, wonder, and write: Three hours later

Look carefully at The Mill. Study the details. Think about what might be happening in this scene. Tell in 75 words or less what might be happening in this scene three hours later in the day.

Submit your writing, if you wish: We will select from submissions to hang in our online gallery. Please include your name, city and state or country if not the United States and an e-mail address. Included online with your text will only be: first name, last initial, city and state or country. Send to bes@liu.edu, writing “Rembrandt, The Mill, Three hours later” in the subject line of your message.

Look, wonder, and write: Light

Look carefully at The Mill. What do you suppose makes the windmill stand out in light? Write a response in 50 words or less.

Submit your writing, if you wish: We will select from submissions to hang in our online gallery. Please include your name, city and state or country if not the United States and an e-mail address. Included online with your text will only be: first name, last initial, city and state or country. Send to bes@liu.edu, writing “Rembrandt, The Mill, Light” in the subject line of your message.

Look, wonder, and create: Sky

Look carefully at The Mill. Study the sky. Look at the colors, the brushstrokes, the borders between one color and another, the lines and shapes and how they relate to one another. Look at the texture of the paint and its impact. What kind of mood is evoked? How is this done?

Once you have saturated yourself in Rembrandt’s sky, create a sky yourself. Make it evoke a mood, paying attention to color, texture, line, shape, form, value, space, and balance. Send it to us in digital form (create it as a digital image or capture, scan, and digitize what you create). Include, optionally, a 50 word or less description of your sky with your image.

Submit your image and writing, if you wish: We will select from submissions to hang in our online gallery. Please include your name, city and state or country if not the United States and an e-mail address. Included online with your image will only be: first name, last initial, city and state or country. Send to bes@liu.edu, writing “Rembrandt, The Mill, Sky” in the subject line of your message.