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Third Avenue El

Do you like watching the people around you in a busy place? Do you wonder who they are and what they are doing?

The artist, Reginald Marsh, took a sketchbook wherever he went in New York City so he could draw the people he saw going about their daily lives. This painting is based on sketches he made inside a train carriage, jam-packed with passengers.

  • Count how many people you can see.
  • Choose a person in the picture and invent a story about who they are and what they are doing.

Reginald Marsh Third Avenue El 1931, Los Angeles County Museum of Art © Estate of Reginald Marsh

At home

Make a series of sketches of people doing everyday things then combine your ideas and drawings into a painting.