One thing we don’t do on a ship is use color that is at all yellowish green—you know, anything that will remind a traveler of the condition of his stomach.

—Dorothy Marckwald, interior designer, S.S. United States

Lesson Plans

See beautiful paintings from the Posner Maritime Art Collection and teach students about the transition from sail to steam power. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)
Get inspired by the interior design of the Fall River Line and teach student soft slab construction for Ceramics 1. (Grades 9-12)
Savannah lounge interior
Learn about color in interior design with this lesson about Jack Heaney and the design of the NS Savannah.
(Grades 5-8, 9-12)
Students will demonstrate their understanding of basic shapes by using several cut out shapes to form a ship.
(Grades PreK – 1)

Other Topics to Explore

Read more about Samuel Ward Stanton and his drawings.
Check out this Just for Fun activity with coloring pages from our collections.
Click here to visit the SSHSA Virtual Museum to see the Posner Maritime Art Collection.

Secondary Sources

Click here to download the pdf of Lorraine Coons and Alexander Varias, Tourist Third Cabin: Steamship Travel in the Interwar Years, “Controversies of Design: Modernism and Traditional Style on the Liners” (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2003).

Additional Resources

Download a pdf of the Rhode Island Historical Society’s #ColorOurCollections coloring book.

Check out Mystic Seaport’s Marine Art Gallery.

Watch the videos below to learn how to create a Do It Yourself Origami Sailboat and Steamer.