¿Being Home?, Rupprecht Matthies, 2009 and 2011, mixed media

At Home: Spark a Conversation

Inspired by ¿Being Home? Rupprecht Matthies, 2009.
¿Being Home?, Rupprecht Matthies, 2009 and 2011, mixed media

Rupprecht Matthies looks to the community for inspiration. In his work, he asked refugees from around the world to share their stories and experiences resettling in Denver.

Your Turn:

  • Find creative ways to ask your community to share their experiences with you.
  • What has surprised you about having to be at home?
  • What did you leave behind?
  • What word stays in your thoughts?
  • What is something that you miss?
  • What is one word that describes “home” to you NOW?

With their responses, pick out a few words that stand out to you and feature in a word cloud.


  • Scissors
  • Markers/Crayons
  • String
  • Cardboard
  • Clothes hanger

Related Creative Activities

Creative Practice

Ten Times Two

This close looking game can be used with any visual art object and will provide an opportunity for children to look into the detail of the artwork. This activity will reinforce math skills, build vocabulary and introduce descriptive language.
Thomas Hudson, The Radcliffe Family, about 1742. 126 in. x 174 in. Long-term loan from the Berger Collection, TL-17968.
Creative Practice

Make a Pose!

Follow these steps to create a tableau, or "frozen picture," in your classroom or home! This is an effective tool for encouraging children to notice details, which is an important reading and pre-writing skill.