AIPAD 2015

Posted by on Apr 18, 2015 in News, Seeing, Slider | 0 comments

This past Friday fridgeARTS stopped by The AIPAD Photography Show, New York. The show at the Park Avenue Armory opened to the public on April 16 and will run through Sunday, April 19, is in its 35th year. With eighty-nine photography galleries from around the world there are thousands of artworks to see, ranging from 19th century daguerreotypes, to 20th century gelatin silver prints, and 21st century mixed media works and digital prints. If you are looking for something to do this weekend and enjoy photography as much as us, we highly recommend checking out AIPAD 2015. (There were a number of kids there with their parents after school and preschool let out on Friday afternoon.) Below are a few of the many pieces that caught our eye. To find out more about the artists and their work please click on their name and gallery. Gregory Scott, Van Gogh’s Bedroom, 2015, pigment print, oil on panel, and HD video, Catherine Edelman Gallery   Images: All images © the artists and their...

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Every Picture Tells a Story: Let’s start the conversation!

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Seeing, Slider | 0 comments

What an interesting painting! What do you see? Taking a child to a museum or looking at art can be an extraordinary way to encourage not only an appreciation of the arts, but to strengthen powers of observation, build language skills, enhance vocabulary, and encourage discovery and problem solving. It’s amazing how perceptive and curious young children are about art. While visiting the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, I was in awe of a class of nursery school kids, probably 3 years old, with their teacher sitting in front of Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch. Imagine my delight watching the children and teacher having a conversation about what they saw. Even if I didn’t understand the language spoken, it was obvious that each child was engaged in the activity. They were mesmerized and eager to add their ideas! The fact that figures in the painting were unclothed didn’t seem to matter. As an American art teacher, who taught in an elementary school where some parents asked the principal to remove art books that contained nudes from the school library, I was enchanted by the choice of the painting. An art museum can be overwhelming, with crowds of people, guards, sights, sounds, endless galleries of paintings, sculpture, ART. You can make it friendly and fun. Less is best, pick a section or gallery and focus on one or two artworks on your visit. Can’t get to a museum? Use the vast resources of the Internet (every art museum has a website) to find a piece of art to appreciate. Check out the art books at the public library. Here’s where it becomes fun. Start the conversation. Find an interesting painting that you like or one that your child is drawn to. Ask a few leading questions. WHO is in the picture? WHERE are they? WHAT is going on? WHY are they doing that? WHEN does it take place? Really look at the image – is it day or night? How can you tell? Check out the clothing, it’s a great clue to when the action takes place. HOW does it make you feel? Check out the colors, shapes, lines, textures, values (light and dark) and the use of space. Are objects near or far? HOW did the artist show this? The list is endless and so is the conversation. One last bit of advice – let this be child-centered. Read the cues and know when it’s time to move on. To get you started here is a selection of artworks that tell a story.   The Harvesters Pieter Bruegel the Elder Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York   The Boating Party Mary Cassatt National Gallery Of Art, Washington, DC   Old Man...

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