When and where did Grant Wood begin his art training?



Immediately after graduating high school in 1910 Wood entered the summer term of the Minneapolis School of Design, Handicraft, and Normal Art. He studied with Ernest A. Batchelder, an advocate of the arts and crafts movement and art nouveau design.

How did Grant Wood first begin creating art?

How Did Grant Wood First Begin Creating Art? For more than twenty years, Wood taught painting at the University of Iowa’s School of Art. He supervised mural painting projects, mentored students, and produced a variety of his own works, serving as a key member of the academic community at the University.

Did Grant Wood study in Europe?

In 1920, Wood took a long-awaited trip to Europe for the summer. He returned to France in 1923-1924 to take classes at the Académie Julian in Paris, and continued his travels in Italy.

What inspired Grant Wood’s most famous painting?





the American Gothic House

Wood was inspired to paint what is now known as the American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa, along with “the kind of people [he] fancied should live in that house”. It depicts a farmer standing beside his daughter – often mistakenly assumed to be his wife.