Our fabulous Education Intern Kate wrote a great blog about our July Gallery Quest. Take a look at what we created last month and then follow the link at the bottom of this blog to reserve your spot on the next Quest!
Last month, we hosted the first Gallery Quest of our Summer 2010 season. Gallery Quest is an opportunity for our younger patrons to engage with current exhibitions by creating their own artworks within the galleries. In lieu of the many mediums currently employed in our exhibition spaces, the theme for this event was “The Artist’s Toolbox,” thus emphasizing the different materials all of us can use in order to create art.
As it turns out, art-making in the galleries was a perfect way for us to kick the gloom brought on by the blustery weather and we had quite the turn out. We began our quest looking at Petah Coyne’s sculpture Untitled # 638, Whirlwind and questioned what materials we normally use in art: crayons, pastels, markers, paint. Our astute questers determined that Coyne in fact uses black sand as one of the materials in her pieces, and demonstrated their mastery of the medium in the creation of their very own black sand drawings:
But we quickly learned that Coyne also incorporates many other materials in her sculptures, including silk flowers dipped in colored wax. On the next step of our quest, we went on to look at another sculpture titled Scarlett to check out how to make our own types of flowers. Layering different colors of tissue paper together, we created a bouquet of beautiful tissue flowers:
Next, we headed into Material World: Sculpture to Environment to look at Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen Nguyen’s White Stag. Here we investigated how the artists twisted and turned paper in order to create an old growth forest. We each hand twisted and rolled white paper and taped it to cardboard to create our own miniature trees:
Our last gallery stop on the quest was a visit to the Sol LeWitt Retrospective to explore the artistâ€™s use of two-dimensional colors and forms to realize wall drawings. Here, the questers thought about depth and dimension and how the use of color and shapes could make the walls look three-dimensional:
The quest ended outside of Kidspace where we combined what we learned looking at the LeWitt wall drawings to create ultra psychadelic three-dimensional felt shakers. We layered different colors of wool felt material around plastic toy eggs in order to create fun shakers that make music. The questers came up with completely original designs by picking their favorite wool colors and combining them in order to create unique color patterns, just like how Sol LeWitt’s color combinations could create different hues:
Our next gallery quest will be held on Saturday, August 28, at 1 PM, when we explore various environments created in the MASS MoCA galleries. We hope to see you and your little art lovers there.