Firstly, Krisanne is a wonderful art instructor.According to the MOA’s website:Adventures in Art“On the second or third Saturday of their choice, families can take a guided tour of a current exhibition and create a fun, hands-on art project. Adventures in Art: MOA Family Workshops is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Two Adventures in Art sessions are offered for families with children ages 5–7 yrs and 8–11 yrs.”
The class room layout is fun and well organized. Children and parents have just enough room to create and explore art.
Here is an example how things are organized. I really wish I had this in my personal room-brillant idea!Also, those blocks you can see on the table are for younger children who don’t want to/ can’t participate in the art projects. This is a really smart idea because even when children get fussy they have something to do, they are then less likely to disrupt the art making.
In January the Families learned about monsters and heroes in the We Could Be Heroes exhibit. First, we talked about what made a hero, what made a monster, and how people we know/the people all around us can be considered heroes as well.As we walked through the exhibit we stopped at three specific works of art and talked about what made them heroes or monsters.These are the works:YoramWolberger: Sliver BaseballRobert Longo: sharkCameron Gainer: Big FootKrisanne was really good at keeping the kids’ attention even during transition periods. She made finding out which artwork we were looking at next into a guessing game. She would give the children clues as to which artwork was next and then have the children go stand by which one they thought it was. The kids loved it!After learning about the works of art we headed back to the Art Room to create our own comic strips. The children were told they need a hero doing something heroic in the comic. Many children did strips about themselves saving family members, or being a good friend to someone in need. A favorite of mine included a hippo that saved a bank and ate the bad guys arms. (something like that. Too good.)
Alex Webb: The Suffering of Light: Thirty Years of PhotographsIn February we talked about photography and the Alex Webb exhibit.The exhibit was titled:For this lesson Krisanne had created a map with velcro circles and put them on places where Alex Webb had traveled and taken photos. The children were to guess which part of the world the patches were on and then place an airplane on that patch as we “traveled” to that country. To make the experience even more memorable Krisanne played music at each stop. That way the children got an even better sense of the country where the picture took place. We talked about how Alex Webb has interesting elements in his photographs such as; limbs, cotton candy, balls, people never looking at the camera, color matching etc… (the children came up with those)When we went back to the Art Room the children helped set up a still life made with objects seen in Alex Webb’s photos. They were then asked to paint the still life in a creative way.
March was all about Michael Whiting: http://www.michaelwhiting.com/, and his exhibit 8-bit modern located in the sculpture garden.For this lesson the families created the art first (which apparently doesn’t happen a lot). They were given examples of video game characters and had a discussion about why they looked the way they did. The main word for this activity was virtual and it was posted on the board.The children and parents were asked to make wood block sculptures. There was even paint on the tables so the families could liven up their pieces with color. After we worked on those for about 40 minutes we headed outside to the sculpture garden. Here, the families were told to explore Michael’s piece. The children were thrilled to learn that they were allowed to touch and play on them. While they were exploring each family was suppose to create a story about one of Michael Whiting’s pieces and draw a picture about it. At the very end all the art adventurers gathered together and we shared our stories and pictures.It was a really fun internship. I have enjoyed observing at the MOA.
Adventures in art
ADVENTURES IN ARTJerica Willcocks and Thomas Lange