2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour: Stop #15

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 #15 of the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour . For each, we’ve added some language prompts for building those neural pathways for all ages. Just a note – you don’t have to ask all the question! Pick the ones that work for you!!

#15: Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 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?

Origami

  • What colors do you see?
  • The faces show up as shadows. Can you create any images with shadows?
  • These are made with origami paper. Do you know what origami is? [the art of paper folding]
  • This artist uses squares. Where else could we find a lot of squares?
  • This piece shows the silhouettes of people around Grand Rapids. Do you know where else we could find art or images of people around town?
  • Does this piece remind you of any stories you know?

Elephants 

  • How many elephants do you see?
  • What other animals can you find?
  • Elephant starts with the /eh/ sound. Can you find anything else that starts with that sound?
  • The elephants were drawn life size. Do you think any of the other animals are real-life size?
  • If this was real, what do you think we might hear? What might we smell?
  • This piece was all drawn with pencil. How long do you think it took her? What kinds of things do you think you could spend that much time doing?
  • This piece is a triptych (trip-tick). That means a picture that is created in three panels. Can you see the three different panels? What’s different about each of these panels?
  • A menagerie [men-a-jer-ee] is a collection of wild or foreign animals kept especially for exhibition. How does that description fit this piece?
  • Does this piece remind you of any stories you know?

Drawing Apparatus 

  • An apparatus is a complicated device or tool. Can you think of anything else we could call an apparatus?
  • Revolution means one complete turn. What happens as the device makes its turns?
  • Have you ever seen tools like this one?
  • How would you describe the drawing this device is making?
  • Do you see any shapes?
  • Does this remind you of any stories you know?

Ta-Da

Follow-up activities could include looking up information on elephants or other wild animals; researching turntables or music players; creating some shadow images; creating silhouettes by tracing shadows onto paper; trying some origami projects; spirograph is a “vintage” toy that used to make images like the turntable piece – they even have them for sidewalk chalk in some places; trying to create a triptotych by drawing or making a three panel collage;  describing one of these pieces to someone who wasn’t there with you.

Some Origami Extensions

 

Shadows

At KDL

 

Force and Motion and Art

Creating Revolution Based Art

 

Includes machines (automaton) that draw

Next: Fifth Third Bank/Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Stop #16 on the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour

Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: