Painting: Marian Steen, Abstract Watercolors
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: Abstract artist Marian Steen loves color and believes it reflects emotion. She often adds items like strings or sticks to give her pieces movement and texture.

Type of Video: Profile*
Unique Video ID: AandA-MSteen**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • For Discussion: Have students discuss the strength and weaknesses of different mediums for creating paintings–watercolor, oil, acrylics, etc. Do they have a preference to use? Do different mediums enable artists to do differnet kind of work or convey different types of subjects and emotions?
  • Activity Idea: Color does show emotion. Have students create an image with colors, of a friend that reflects their feelings for that person.


*Profile videos use a first-person/first-hand approach to highlight interesting people doing interesting things in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.