Today, we went to the Mulvane Art Museum's Art Lab. First, we got a chance to explore in the Art Lab. They could go wherever they wanted! There were places where they could make rubbings, small sculptures, and self-portraits. There was also a large, glass window and a rock wall they could draw on. They even had large blocks, cylinders, and other objects they could use to build large sculptures.
After we finished exploring the Art Lab, we went outside to see a huge sculpture made out of sticks from the marshes of the Kansas River. It was made by local artist, Patrick Doughetry. He was inspired by nature to make it. The curator told us that all artwork comes from a person's "big idea." The students had the opportunity to explore the sculpture. It had windows and secret hiding spots. Also, many birds live in the sculpture. It was a lot of fun!
Lastly, we went back to the Art Lab to make paintings. The students were told how to mix colors together to get other colors. Also, they were encouraged to think of their own "big idea" when making their paintings. Their paintings turned out wonderful and we had a fantastic time!
Warning! Lots of pictures ahead. :-) Also, three of the kindergarten classes went today, so those are the extra kids you'll see in some of the pictures.
Here's our class in front of the Art Museum:
Exploring in the Art Lab:
A video clip of them exploring the stick sculpture:
Pictures of them in the stick sculpture:
Painting in the Art Lab:
Two of the friends finished paintings: