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The young mechanic

This picture shows a group of children in a workshop. The boy on the left is being asked by the others to make a new wooden mast for a toy boat.

  • Look at the detail in the painting. Notice how realistic everything is – even the wood shavings and splinters on the floor.
  • Draw a toy or object that you would like the boy to make for you.

Allen Smith Jr The young mechanic 1848, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

At home

Make your own toy or game using recycled or found materials. What will you create?