What makes a lemon a lemon?
Close your eyes and imagine what an apple looks like. What color and shape is it? What about a banana? Grapes? Ok, now…
Questions for engagement
What’s going on in this artwork?
How many lemons are there?
Are they all the color of real lemons?
Donald Sultan uses everyday objects in different colors to make us think about the world differently than we usually see it.
- Pick an everyday object from around the house or from nature (food, plant, etc.).
- Fold a piece of paper in half and then in half again, so you have four equal boxes.
- Using crayons, markers, or your drawing material of choice, draw your object in the first box using the color of the actual object, but only use one color (if you’re drawing a lime, draw it using green in the first box).
- In the remaining three boxes, draw the same object in a different color per box.
How has the meaning of your object changed? If you drew a type of food, would it taste the same in a different color?
If you want to get a little messy, try vegetable printing like our friends at The Royal Academy demonstrate here.