Giving Thanks
Giving Thanks by Horace Pippin

Following the steps below will help you look at this painting, Giving Thanks by Horace Pippin.

Step One: Look

  • What is happening in this painting?
  • What is the mood of this painting?
  • Share your ideas with another student. Do you agree?


Step Two: Analyze


  • What colors do you see in this painting?
  • What colors are repeated?
  • How do colors move your eye to look at different parts of the painting?
  • How would the painting change if Pippin had used dull colors instead of bright ones?


  • Where do you see lines in the painting? Are they curvy or straight, neat or jagged?
  • How do the lines create a mood for this painting?


  • What would the light in this room be like without the door?
  • What would the room be like with a window?


  • Describe the space within this painting. Is it open or crowded?
  • Does the family seem close to you, or far away?
  • What shapes do you see? Are any repeated?
  • How does Pippin arrange the figures in this painting to create a sense of family?


Step Three: Compare

To begin comparing this painting with others, please launch the slideshow found in the right sidebar.

Download relevant worksheet here.

  • What is the same between these two paintings? What is different?


Step Four: Explore

On the map below, locate where the artist Horace Pippin came from. Research it.

Download relevant worksheets here and here.

Comparison Slideshow

Teacher's Guide

For more information about Horace Pippin, his techniques, and his paintings, download this helpful teacher's guide.


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