Mountain Laurel took a trip to the Blanton Museum of Art last week (9/20)!
While at the Blanton, we learned about the Elements of Art, explored various types of art and had open discussions about particular paintings, sculptures, etc. On tour we viewed and observed several Elements of Art; line, shape & form, color, texture, space and value. The Docents shared key facts and allocated time for our small groups to look at a piece and to share what they saw, how it made them feel, if the colors and tone complimented or contrasted, and what texture was being exhibited.
One exhibit that fascinated several of the children included over 3,000 hair combs. The piece was hanging out from the wall with all the combs connected and arranged to display an image. The image featured was a silhouette of Madam CJ Walker (1867-1919), the legendary entrepreneur and activist. The piece is by Sonya Clark, “Madam CJ Walker – Combs” (2008).
We emphasize teaching the Elements of Art to the children to advance their skill and this in turn supports with strengthening pencil grip, hand & eye coordination and deep concentration for self-construction (internalizing what you view in perspective) and etc. A few have started practicing shading with illustrating.
The Blanton is filled with a variety of art and such a wonderful place to visit!