2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour: Stop #16

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 #16 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!!

#16: Fifth Third Bank/Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
111 Lyon 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?

My Swingin Machines 

  • This piece is a mobile. A mobile is an artistic structure that is moved easily or that has parts easily moved (as by a current of air). Have you seen other mobiles?
  • How could you describe this piece completely? Shape? Color? Size? Texture – is it smooth? sharp?
  • What would you call this machine?
  • Does this remind you of any other pieces we’ve seen?
  • Does this remind you of any stories you know?

Six Figures at the Bank 

  • How many legs?
  • What is each of the figures doing?
  • What action words can we see in this piece (being done by the “people”)?
  • Would this piece fit in our house or in our yard?
  • Does this remind you of any stories you know?

The Candidates 

  • What animals do you see?
  • How many sheep?
  • How many ducks?
  • What colors would they be in real life?
  • If they were real what might we hear?
  • What would they feel like if we petted them? [real or sculpture]
  • What other white animals have we seen on the tour?
  • Where do you think the wagon came from?
  • Can you think of any words that rhyme with wagon?
  • Can you make up a silly sentence to explain what is happening in this piece?
  • Does it remind you of any stories you know?


Follow-up activities could include looking up information on sheep, ducks or other farm animals; visiting farm animals at John Ball Zoo (or while visiting apple farms, pumpkin farms or corn mazes this fall); creating art with paper mache; creating a mobile with foil strips, metal or around a specific theme; researching mobiles (Calder is famous for his mobiles as well as the Calder in Calder Plaza); looking up information about living in a city and what people in cities do; playing guess the sound (you make an animal sound and they name what the animal is); describing one of these pieces to someone who wasn’t there with you.

Fun with Candidates

More on Cities

Excellent for math, Calder information and one chapter all about the Mobiles of Calder and their messages

Make a CD mobile

For the Older Readers

Next: DeVos Place Convention Center, Stop #17 on the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour

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