2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour: Stop #1

For those who are at all nervous or worried about getting “teacher block” on their tours of ArtPrize, here’s the first phase of our ArtPrize for Kids: Language Connections for 2012. Thanks again to our friends at grkids.com for the work done on creating the Tour!

Here are picks from Stop #1 of the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour . For each, we’ve added some language prompts for building those neural pathways for all ages. Feel free to comment with your responses, a child’s response or additional questions – and ENJOY!

#1: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
303 Pearl St NW Grand Rapids MI 49504

Some overall questions for this stop:

  • How many animals can you find?
  • How many animals that fly did you see?
  • Can you find things at this stop for each letter of the alphabet?
  • How are the exhibits at this stop alike?
  • How are the exhibits at this stop different?
  • Focus on a color: how many blue things do you see at this stop? What kinds/shades of blue were there?

The Nanny

  • What are the animals in the buggy?
  • What color blue would you say the buggy is?
  • Where do you think they’re going?
  • If you were the nanny, what animals would you want to take care of?
  • Where would you usually find a hedgehog?
  • Would this happen in real life?

On Thin Ice 

  • How many animals do you see?
  • Which one is the largest? Smallest? Has the most?
  • Can you name them all?
  • What are five adjectives (describing words ) can you use to describe each animal? [sharp tusks, dangerous talons]
  • What’s one sentence that tells what’s going on in this piece?
  • If these animals were real, would be this close to them?
  • What shapes can you find in the animals (in the materials used)?
  • Do you know any stories about Arctic animals?
  • Where do you think some of the materials came from?
  • Do we have any of these types of things around our house?
  • If you could make an animal sculpture, what animal would you make?
  • Would this happen in real life?

Captain and the Kid

  • Do you think the man and the boy are related? How?
  • How old do you think the boy is?
  • How old do you think the man is?
  • Where do you think they are?
  • Why do you think the sailor has a cane?
  • Is there a story that this sculpture reminds you of? Which one(s)?
  • How would you describe this man to someone who isn’t here? [age, height, size, mood, color…]
  • This sculpture reminds me of…….. Can you think of why?
  • Would this happen in real life?

The Peguin Project

  • How can you fully describe a penguin? [size, color, number (toes…), shape, where they live, what they sound like]
  • How many young/kid penguins do you think there are?
  • What do you already know about penguins?
  • If they were real, what do you think it would smell like? sound like?
  • Think they really dance like in Happy Feet?
  • A pod is a group of penguins. What other groups do you know? [ex: den of lions, gaggle of geese, team of basketball players]
  • If you made this pod a “team name”, what would it be? Why?
  • Have we seen any other pieces with penguins?
  • Would this happen in real life?

The Chase

  • What animals do you see?
  • What kind of action words (verbs) could you use to describe what you see here?
  • Prey is the animal that gets hunted. Which animal is the prey? What other animals might be prey for wolves?
  • How do you think they got all this in here and built?
  • What do you think is going to happen next?
  • How many legs do you see?
  • What would this sound like in real life?
  • Does it remind you of any stories?
  • Where do you think this would happen in real life?

A Second Chance at Life 

  • What do you see?
  • What descriptions can we come up for this one? How could you describe the size? Shape? Movement?
  • Why do you think they used white as the color?
  • What would this sound like in real life? (if he was alive)
  • The artists call him Deano. What would you name him?
  • Does this sculpture remind you of any stories or movies you know? (which ones?)
  • If you could make a sculpture of a dinosaur, which one would you pick and why?
  • What other animals do you know that start with D?
  • Would he fit in our back yard?
  • Why do you think they call it A Second Chance at Life?

Hooked on Michigan 

  • How could you describe the size of this fish? Compared to a goldfish? Compared to an elephant? Compared to a whale?
  • What words can you come up with that rhyme with fish?
  • What images can you name from the painting?
  • How does this show things from Michigan?
  • What pictures would you use to show things from Michigan?
  • From the pictures painted, which is your one of your favorites about Michigan?
  • Which places have you visited?
  • What would you do if you caught this fish on your fishing pole?
  • Do you think this fish could really swim if it was real? Why or why not? [for adults: there’s no fins, so the real answer would be no; but encouraging the kids to support their answers is developing critical thinking – they are not in danger of developing wrong information about fish if they say yes!]
  • Do you think this fish would float if it was in water?
  • Do you think there are fish this big in real life?

My Rescue 

  • Describe the dog the best you can in one or two sentences. Things to describe: color, shape, size, action/movement.
  • What kind of dog do you think it might be?
  • What would you name this dog?
  • How would you describe this color red? (compared to something else; vibrant vs. dull…)
  • What sounds might you hear if this dog was real?
  • What do you think it would feel like if it was real?
  • Does it remind you of any other dogs or stories you know?
  • Can you make a silly sentence for this dog?
  • How many words can you rhyme with dog?
  • How many words can you rhyme with red?


  • What do you see?
  • If this person were real, how old do you think he might be? (why?)
  • What happened to his hair?
  • What patterns do you see?
  • He is 6 feet tall. Do you know anyone else who is about his height?
  • What name would you give this guy?
  • Does he remind you of any stories you know?
  • Could you make up some rhymey names, like Man in Tan for him?
  • The name of the piece is Wired and he is made of wire. Can you think of any other way he is wired?


Whew – there’s a lot going on at the Gerald Ford Museum! A follow-up activity could include looking up information on one of the animals seen at this stop; writing a story; describing one of the pieces to someone who wasn’t there with you; or just a “Hey, what do you remember about that penguin thing we saw at ArtPrize?”


Kent District Library





Next: Holiday Inn, Grand Rapids, Stop #2 on the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour

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