Backdrop Building

Thomas Sully American, born England, 1783–1872 George Frederick Cooke in the Role of Richard III, 1811–1812 Oil on canvas, 92 1/8 x 58 1/2 in. (234 x 148.59 cm) Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia Gift of friends and admirers of the artist, 1812.1

Create your own architectural setting for George Frederick Cooke in the Role of Richard III (1811–12).  Have students research similar structures built during that time period. Lead a discussion about setting and the significance of architecture. Afterwards have students create their own structures using only masking tape, newspaper, and paper tubes.

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