Good morning and happy Monday to you all! We’re beginning the week by sharing a recent field trip we went on as a family. Christopher Robin and I got a chance to visit the High Museum of Art in Atlanta last year before we had Piglet, but the kids had never been. So we decided to take them on their first trip to an art museum.
Pooh and Roo were excited to see the house cutout display. They insisted that it was Steve’s house from Blue’s Clues and they thought they could go inside, which was adorable. (It’s actually a work by Roy Lichtenstein.)
Roo pretends to trace the movement along the train tracks on this painting that was inspired by the Underground Railroad. (Don’t worry. He’s not actually touching it. We didn’t want their first art museum trip to be their last!)
When we visited, the High was just concluding a traveling exhibit called Frida and Diego, which showcased works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. At the museum’s Greene Family Learning Gallery, they displayed a few copies of her still lifes and set up an art circle for kids to work in.
Naturally, our three got to work drawing their own still lifes. (After we explained to them that the plastic fruit in the center was not for play.)
Tigger shows off her strawberry art.
We’re not exactly sure what Pooh was drawing here, but it’s still art!
Inside the Learning Gallery was a picture of this work by Tony Cragg called “New Figuration”. He used pieces of garbage and plastic to create it. This was easily one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while.
Next to the picture, the museum installed an interactive magnetic wall so the kids could make art out of everyday objects such as alphabet letters, coat hangers, plastic dishware, and containers. They probably would have stayed at that wall all afternoon.
Even Piglet got in on the fun and held a plastic letter!
Of course, she then tried to put it in her mouth, but oh well.
All in all, we had a great time at the museum! The kids got their first real exposure to master artworks and we got a chance to stir up our artistic interest as a family. I’m calling this field trip a success.
Have you and your family enjoyed a visit to an art museum? How did you help your kids keep their interest in art after returning home? Let us know in the comments!
Keep on learning!