Our newest art program series called “Art Through the Ages” is a tribute to all art past and present. This program is designed for our visitors young and old to achieve a more in-depth contextualization of art’s place in our life. At the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine we strive me make all of our topics fresh and vibrant and we do so by structuring this lesson as ‘hands-on history.’
A typical program will begin by looking at a piece of art while listening to a vignette of a specific artist’s life. I’ll then pose questions about formal elements of art such as color, composition, material and subject matter and segue to the more abstract and individualized concepts such as feeling and mood of a piece. Finally we’ll create our own masterpiece, whether it be inspired by Piet Mondrian’s geometric and primary color paintings or Monet’s almost monochromatic water lilies.
At times it may be difficult to understand certain works of art. Culture and time distance us from subject matter that is unrecognizable in our daily lives. By dissecting these works, children and adults alike can gain new insights including acceptance of matters that seem so vastly different that what we know and understand in our own worlds. By having this dialogue, children are given a greater appreciation of the past and can apply that to their every day interactions. By simply understanding man’s progress from past to present day, art teaches us about solving problems and progressing towards the missing links.
From the early cave art of Lascaux, France to contemporary conceptual artists, like Alex Katz, the works we study in “Art Through the Ages” provides an unparalleled view of culture and history. While the relationship of art to culture, history and religion may seem obvious, if we look deeper we understand art is also a reflection of science and mathematics. This is perfect considering our new exhibit, SmartArt which explores the connection between science and art.
Join us for “Art Through the Ages” (most) Tuesdays at 3:30 and let learning history be your springboard for creativity. Click here for the full list on our calendar.