Take Home Activities – Young at Art

Young at Art

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One of the newest exhibits in the Museum is Young at Art, our theater and art space.  It was installed in the summer of 2015.  This exhibit features a real curtain, stage, and light system for children to explore.  And around the corner, young artists will find craft materials to develop their masterpieces.

The Young at Art exhibit has already become an audience favorite.  Staff at the Museum keep costumes and puppets in supply for children to put on their own shows!  We hope that you continue the fun at home through the books and activities below!

Reading About Art:

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One book we love is Draw! By Raúl Colón.  This wordless book encourages many questions from your student.  A boy named Leonardo begins to imagine and then draw a world afar.  First a rhinoceros, and then he meets some monkeys, and he always has a friendly elephant at his side. Soon he is in the jungle and carried away by the sheer power of his imagination.  He sees the world through his own eyes and making friends along the way.

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Another great book is Little Melba and Her Big Trombone. By Katheryn Russell-Brown.  This book is perfect for little performers interested in music.  Melba Doretta Liston loved the sounds of music from as far back as she could remember. As a child, she daydreamed about beats and lyrics, and hummed along with the music from her family’s radio. At age seven, Melba fell in love with a big, shiny trombone, and soon taught herself to play the instrument. Melba went on to become a famed trombone player and arranger.  She spun rhythms, harmonies, and melodies into gorgeous songs for all the jazz greats of the twentieth century: Randy Weston, Duke Ellington, Count Basie just to name a few.

Take Home Activity:

And what is a good art lesson without a craft?  Make sure to gather up some straws to create your own wind pipe, demonstrated here by Kate at Laughing Kids Learn.  First you can talk about sorting by size and color.  Then help your student gain cutting skills by trimming the straws to size.  And finally, talk about why the sound is different when you blow into a longer straw versus a shorter one!

Some questions to ask your child to encourage learning and exploration:

  • Which straw is your favorite color? Why?
  • What things do we cut?  (And remember, we only cut with adult supervision!)
  • Can you make your windpipe have a low sound? What about a high sound?
  • What happens if you blow harder? Now softer?