2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour: Stop #2

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

Here are picks from Stop #2 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!

#2: Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown
310 Pearl Street NW Grand Rapids MI 49504

Some overall questions for this stop:

  • How many animals can you find?
  • How many animals that fly do 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 shape: how many circles do you see at this stop?

Mother Nature 

  • Can you find…. the 3 pine trees; 5 fish; 4 bears; 1 fox squirrel?
  • How many animals are there all together?
  • What colors do you see?
  • How many legs are there in this piece? (you can count all 4 on the bear; small kids might call them arms though on the bear that is “standing”)
  • Where might this be if it was in real life?
  • Does this remind you of any stories you know?
  • Could we find scenes like this in Michigan?
  • What might this sound like if it was real?


  • How can we fully describe this snake? How big is it? What color(s) is it? What shape is it? What kind of snake is it? What movement do we see?
  • Where might we see this kind of snake in real life?
  • Would we see this type of snake in the woods like the ones in Mother Nature?
  • What sounds might we hear if it was real?
  • What sounds do you hear in the music?
  • What do you think it would feel like if it was real (and didn’t bite!)?
  • What words can you rhyme with snake?
  • What would you name this snake?
  • Why do you think the piece is titled Charmer?
  • Have you seen or read about snake charmers before?
  • Would you want to be a snake charmer? Why or why not?
  • Does it remind you of any stories you know?

Compare and Tapping the Memory

  • Do these pieces remind you of any from Stop#1 at the Gerald Ford Museum?
  • Did we see any of these animals at Stop #1?
  • Have we ever seen any of these animals at John Ball Zoo?


Follow-up activities 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 cobra we saw at ArtPrize?”

Grand Rapids Public Library

Next: Grand Rapids Public Museum, Stop #3 on the2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour

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