Art Friday: Visit to the art gallery (Part 1)
Art Friday: A trip to the art gallery
I love visiting art galleries and a big believer that all children should visit art galleries as often as possible to develop a love of art. It allows children to see the changing styles of art, ask questions about different art styles and techniques, do research into the stories behind particular paintings they see, research the history of times that these paintings occurred, learn about different artists etc.. For older children, they can research the sort of music was being written at the time these artists lived, the politic landscape, the value of art, who did these artists paint for (some were in the employment of the King or Queen), famous authors who lived at the time of these artists (for example Dickens was great friends with a number of famous artists). How about art theft and art stolen during the Second World War.
Younger children may not have the attention span to see the entire gallery all at once and it is best to break it up into smaller visits. Some may need a rest during their visit — even some adults need to rest awhile (!) and most galleries provide chairs and benches to sit on.
If your gallery allows photography (not all do), it is well worth taking photos of those that are favourites so the children can look at them in more detail once home and do further research. Don't forget to take a photo of the label so you can remember the name of the artist and painting. If you are blessed to live in a city with a major gallery, you may have the opportunity to see some master-pieces which are well worth visiting.
The paintings in todays post were taken a few weeks ago when my brother, his wife and I visited the Art Gallery of South Australia. My all time favourite painting in this gallery is called "Evening Shadows" by H. J. Johnstone (Bristish). It has always been a favourite of mine and I think it always will be:) If your children find a painting they really like and can take photos, why not take some close ups so they can look at the details of the paintings once at home.