Docent Stories: Mary TherrienFifth Graders Respond to Mark Rothko’s Orange and Yellow
In honor of our first Art’scool tour of the season today, here’s a favorite story from our docent Mary Therrien:
I led a group of fifth graders to Mark Rothko’s Orange and Yellow, 1956, and asked, “Would anyone want this painting in their bedroom?”
A boy’s hand shot up, and he said, “Yes!”
“Why?” I asked.
“Because I see a pillow (yellow) and a blanket (orange).”
Then, a second boy’s hand went up, and he said, “Me too!”
“Why?” I asked.
“I want it directly across from my bed. When I wake up in the morning, I’ll see a sunrise (yellow), and when I go to bed at night, I’ll see a sunset (orange).”

Image: © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Docent Stories: Mary Therrien
Fifth Graders Respond to Mark Rothko’s Orange and Yellow

In honor of our first Art’scool tour of the season today, here’s a favorite story from our docent Mary Therrien:

I led a group of fifth graders to Mark Rothko’s Orange and Yellow, 1956, and asked, “Would anyone want this painting in their bedroom?”

A boy’s hand shot up, and he said, “Yes!”

“Why?” I asked.

“Because I see a pillow (yellow) and a blanket (orange).”

Then, a second boy’s hand went up, and he said, “Me too!”

“Why?” I asked.

“I want it directly across from my bed. When I wake up in the morning, I’ll see a sunrise (yellow), and when I go to bed at night, I’ll see a sunset (orange).”

Image: © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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