Are you tired yet or are you starting the tour here? Either way, you can support children in your life to be ready for reading, and/or building stronger critical thinking skills, through discussion as you travel with them through 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 #13 of the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour . For each, we’ve added some language prompts for building those neural pathways for all ages. I’ve also put some notes for some questions in brackets [ ] after. Feel free to comment with your responses, a child’s response or additional questions – and ENJOY!
#13: Select Bank
60 Monroe Center 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?
- How would you describe these colors? Be creative; just green or purple would not do them justice!
- What other things can you think of that are that same color of purple? That same color of green? Of blue? Of yellow?
- Why do you suppose so many artists use flowers as inspiration?
- How many butterflies can you find?
- How many ladybugs?
- How many caterpillars?
- Do you think that caterpillar might turn into a butterfly some day?
- What did the flower start out as? [a seed]
- Why do you think the artist calls the piece “Full Bloom”?
- What does bloom mean?
- Can you think of any words that rhyme with bloom?
- Butterfly and ladybug are both compound words [two small words that make up part of a larger word]. Can you think of any other compound words?
- Can you think of any words that rhyme with flower?
- What would you name this flower? Does it remind you of any you’ve seen before?
- This one is called a fantasy flower. What does fantasy mean? [not real] What other things are common in fantasy? [dragons, mermaids, spaceships, unicorns]
- Does this piece remind you of any others we’ve seen at ArtPrize?
- Does it remind you of any stories you know or places you’ve been?
Follow-up activities could include looking up information on flowers or insects; researching life cycles; drawing a different flower in full bloom; looking for objects with the same vibrant colors; looking for flowers in full bloom on a nature walk or in pictures; describing this entry to someone who wasn’t there with you.
Next: Independent Bank, Stop #14 on the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour