|This image was taken in Tuscany at Nikki's Scultpure Garden.|
If you'd like to see her sculptures in Stockholm at the Modern Museum, click here.
Last week, as I was at a class picnic at the Modern Museum's sculpture park, I was reminded of the bike rides I used to take with our youngest. I'd put him on the back of my bike and we would pedal home from pre-school. Often, when I'd ask him what he wanted to do on the way home, he'd reply that he wanted to "see the big art." We would detour to this very park. I loved the time with him and the natural access to art.
My perception is that children are much more interested in real art than than we imagine. No, they don't enjoy all day excursions in museums; one exhibit at a time is enough.
- Go on-line ahead of time to read up on the exhibit.
- Is there an element your children can relate to?
- See if the museum has a children's room or tour tied to the exhibit.
- Find a thread that runs through the exhibit.
- Check out the Museum Cafe
- Find the funny. Can you find something about that art that makes the kids laugh?
These are discussions I've had when looking at Nikki Sculptures with our kids:
Find an element: How many stars can you see? Which color is your favorite? Can you find that color or element in another piece in this exhibit?
Find a thread: What is this person doing? Can you find a star on every piece in this exhibit?
Is there an element your children can relate to:
How was this made? Mirror mosaics. Where they painted? cut? How did do you think she did it?
A thought on art:
I've had an idea that's been growing ever since we made our first trip to Florence, Italy: how does growing up in a city created by masters affect you? How does this passive exposure to art affect your world and aesthetics? Imagine parking in Michelangelo's "David" parking lot to go to pre-school? Imagine picking up your groceries and passing the Uffizi along the way? What are your thoughts on this? Do you like to visit exhibits and museums with your kids? Do you have any favorites museums and why? I love to hear from you.
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