Art


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

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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)

Other Topics to Explore

Read more about Samuel Ward Stanton and his drawings.

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.