2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour: Stop #6

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 #6 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!

#6: The B.O.B.
20 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Some overall questions for this stop:

  • How are the exhibits at this stop alike?
  • How are the exhibits at this stop different?
  • How is this stop alike or different from the stops we’ve already visited?

** Of note, The B.O.B. is a venue for many ArtPrize exhibits. Parents might not consider all to be kid-friendly. Following the spirit of ArtPrize, this is just a reminder to be prepared for the unexpected and variety of life when visiting the venues. 

The Firebird 

  • Have you ever seen a bird this big?
  • How many things can you think of that would be 11 ft tall like this bird?
  • Do you think this bird would be this big in real life?

Scrappie Dick 

  • Have you ever seen a fish this big?
  • Does this piece remind you of any other ArtPrize pieces we’ve seen?
  • The artist used the description iridescence (/ear eh des ens/). Is this a word you’ve heard before? [meaning: showing a wonderful variety of  colors, like a rainbow] What other things can you think of that you might call irridescent?
  • This piece has scrappie in the title. Why do you think that is? [the squares of metal are like scraps of a quilt/design; it’s made from scraps….]

Lady on the Train

  • How would you describe this lady’s coat?
  • What words can you think of that rhyme with train?
  • This artist chose the word lady to describe the person in this piece. What other words could she have chosen? [woman; girl; stranger….]
  • If you could ride a train, where would you like it to take you?


  • Where else do we usually see butterflies?
  • Do you know any other words with fly in them?
  • What do you think Marta is thinking about?
  • Would you like to be a butterfly? Why or why not?
  • How many bunnies can you find?
  • What colors do you see through the viewer? What describing words can you come up with to describe those colors?
  • Could we call them iridescent like the fish?

Flattened (Globalization)

  • How many cubes are there?
  • How is a cube related to a square?
  • What colors do you see?
  • Which cube shows continents?
  • Which one shows the United States?
  • Can you name any of the countries and show which continent you think they are on?
  • These cubes look like big puzzles. Have any other pieces looked like puzzles?

Eye Contact –  3 steel frames with a matched pair of glass rondels on each side. These frames rotate about their central support axis and move with the wind. Steven Bezinque

  • What shapes do you see?
  • What colors do you see?
  • How many eyes are there?
  • Do they remind you of any story you know?

True Love – a 10 foot mother elephant and her baby. Ruben Ilano

  • Where do elephants usually live?
  • Do we find them in Michigan? [some will say yes, at the zoo!]
  • How can we fully describe these elephants? Their size? Shape? Movement? Mood?
  • What do you think the little one might be saying to the mother?
  • What would you name this piece or each of the elephants?
  • Does this piece remind you of any story you know?


Follow-up activities could include looking up information on fish, elephants or endangered species; writing a story; describing one of the pieces to someone who wasn’t there with you; building your own scrap fish with paper, wrappers or other “scrap” material; or building an elephant habitat model.

Another Iridescent Fish


Grand Rapids Public Library

Next: Huntington/50 Monroe Place, Stop #7 on the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour

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