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Sandra Cinto is an artist who blurs the lines between fantasy and reality in her work. Tempest in Red is not only inspired by other works of art that deal with storms, but it also refers to contemporary worldwide immigration issues.

In this moderate level Family Activity, we'll walk you through how to make a sea (or land) scape inspired by Cinto's Tempest in Red, 2009.

Getting Started

How would you describe the lines within this work of art? Draw the motion of the lines in the air with your arms.

What do the colors that Cinto uses for this scene remind you of? Why do you think she choose those two colors?

Would you want to sail on a boat within this seascape? Why or why not?

Can you think of any stories about people who have risked their lives in a boat during a storm?


Cardboard/heavy cardstock


White glue (hot glue or tacky glue works too)

Glue stick or tape

Aluminum foil


Permanent markers

Artmaking Activity

1. Select a piece of cardboard (or mat board–whatever is available to you) to use as your base. Using lots of lines, draw a scene of waves or any landscape of your choice. Keep it simple, without too much detail.

2.Cut a piece of tin foil a little bit larger than your cardboard and gently fold the foil over the top of the cardboard.

3.Glue or tape down on the back. Now place more glue on the areas that are not covered by the string. (If you have spray adhesive–that works too!) Then gently press the foil down over the whole work, so that it sticks to the glued areas.

4. Next, use a Q-tip to press against all the lines so that the drawing becomes more apparent.

5. Using permanent markers, color in the spaces around the lines. You can choose to use one color, like Cinto, or multiple colors to convey a feeling or an emotion within your work of art.

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