Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Awesome Art

Last week we joined up with "Homeschool LA" for a terrific tour at the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA). Our docent Vica (pronounced like pizza with a "v") from Hungary, was fantastic. She was enthusiastic and loved sharing art with kids. She gave us chairs, composition books and pencils. Then she took us to see Indian Gods, Buddha's, Roman and European Art, pieces by Picasso, and lastly a room full of more recent abstract art. Along the way she had us do a couple of fun writing exercises that went with the art she was sharing with us. If you'd like a tour sometime check out: Programs Teachers & Schools [LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art]
Here is a fun game for kids from LACMA too!

Two of our favorite books/series on artists are "Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists" by Mike Venezia and Lives of the Artists - Masterpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull (Both of these series also has books on musicians).  After going to the museum we read about Picasso.  Micayla's loved this about Picasso's piece Guernica (a piece that was to show the world how foolish was is) - supposedly a Nazi officer once saw it and said to Picasso, "So, it was you who did that," - Picasso replied, "No, you did it."

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