Activity: An Imaginary Trip to the Lighthouse of Fehmarn

  • Grades: All Ages
  • Subjects: Art Activities

We’re inspired by the bright colors and crashing waves in Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s painting The Lighthouse of Fehmarn. There is so much to explore in this piece–let’s take an imaginary trip to the lighthouse!

A colorful view of a tall, vibrant lighthouse surrounded by sand and greenery, in front of a lively body of water
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, The Lighthouse of Fehmarn, 1912, Carnegie Museum of Art

Discuss with These Questions:

  • Pretend that you’re in the setting depicted in this artwork. Pick a spot in the scene and imagine what you would notice as you look around. What are you seeing?
  • Who is with you?
  • What do you imagine doing there? Make a list of the things you think you would do in this location.
  • Which part of the scene would you choose to explore? What discoveries will you make there?
  • Imagine taking a photograph of this place on your phone and texting it to a friend. What would you tell your friend about this place?

Get Creative: Design a Postcard for Your Adventure!

Keep imagining yourself at the lighthouse and design a postcard you could send to a friend. Grab some paper and something to draw with (pencil, colored pencils, markers, crayons, whatever you want!). Make sure you grab a ruler and scissors, too!

  1. Pick the same view or another view of the location to share. What might it look like behind you? To the left? To the right?
  2. Select your favorite view of this place and draw, color, or paint it on a 3.5” x 5” piece of thick paper.
  3. On the back, write your friend a note describing your adventure. Don’t forget to leave room for their address and a stamp!