Wednesday, January 30, 2013

2 must-see art exhibits closing soon!

One thing I tell my students is that they're never going to like EVERY art piece they encounter or see. Who actually does? The great thing about art and learning in general is that we get to form our own opinions and have a voice about something. When building curriculum, I make it a point to include extreme opposites when it comes to presenting artistic style and movements. Perfect example: two exhibits that you MUST see this weekend where one show is mostly representational and the other... well, anything but that!

Does your child love nature and meticulous detail? Visit New York Historical Society's "Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School" closing 2/21/13. I've used a few of the pieces in this show as classroom visuals and my students are now landscape experts! 
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Thomas Cole (1801–1848), Catskill Creek, NY, 1845. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society, The Robert L. Stuart Collection, S-157
Suggested activity: Identify and discuss foreground, middleground, and background! Bring a sketchbook and draw your own landscapes in the gallery. 

Does your child like to draw on walls, think out of the box, and create characters? Then head to Children Museum of the Art's Rammellzzee Galaxeum! That's right, not a typo. Enter the world of the NYC hip-hop and visual artist Rammellzzee. You'll see hanging sculptures, handmade costumes, drawings, and more! The best part is that many of the pieces were created from salvaged materials. Hurry though, this closes this Sunday, February 3. 

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Shun-U The Loan Sharker
Suggested activity: If you can, try to participate in one of the museum's programs. If not, create collages at home using found objects or from the recycling bin.