Don't have to go to Paris to see it!
I just learned by watching a news story on our local PBS station that Whistler's Mother will be on display at the Art Institute of Chicago at the same time that I will be taking my 4th graders there for a field trip. This painting is iconic. I have put this in the category of "famous and important" ever since I was introduced to it as an art student in school. Since I've never been to Paris I had never had the opportunity to view it in person until now. I'm so excited about having the chance to see this piece in person finally! The only draw back is that the Art Institute loaned out the American Gothic in its place. Luckily, it will return by the start of summer but that is when Whistler's Mother will head back to France.
Fun fact: Buried beneath a layer of paint and behind our lego mural wall in Dryden's hallways is a very old replica of Whistler's Mother made by young artists long ago. Perhaps one day it will be uncovered.
Parodies of Whistler's Mother
This artwork is so iconic that it has shown up in many pop culture parodies or spoofs:
Interacting with the painting
As a fun way to introduce and familiarize my 4th grade students with the painting, I thought I would mask out the mother and allow them to become the primary subject. I used the Procreate App on the iPad to paint over her while trying to match the colors and textures of the original painting. Using this masked image, students will be able to enter the artwork with the Green Screen App by Do Ink to make a still image or video. It would be interesting to reflect on how they change the mood and story as they compare it to the original.
Fourth grade had a wonderful trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. We had a docent guided tour, lunch with a beautiful view, a chance to see Van Gogh's three Bedroom paintings on special exhibit, go on a scavenger hunt, and see President Obama's motorcade on the way back to school! Many of the teachers tweeted images and messages from the trip using the hashtag #drydenartic. I'll share them below.
3 resources that made this trip better:
The highlight of all highlights was this:
We received an email from our head docent on our trip. See her lovely feedback below:
All of the docents who led your students on tour commented on how much they enjoyed interacting with your students. Your students were described as bright, enthusiastic, and very well prepared to discuss works of art. We thank you for inspiring your students to appreciate art. Working with students like yours is why we love the job we do at The Art Institute of Chicago.
I will be taking my fourth graders on a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago in early April. To make the trip more meaningful and engaging, I play three different games to help them become more familiar with the art collection.
One of the games is called SPECT-ART-ACLES. It was inspired by a NAEA presentation I saw a number of years ago about playing games in the art room. My student teacher, Matthew Etherington, helped me put this idea together and customize it for our trip to the Art Institute by making it all about the permanent collection at their museum.
We started by purchasing plastic glasses and hot gluing a popsicle stick to the top with a piece of velcro. I already had a collection of postcards of art from the Art Institute and used those as our game pieces by adding velcro to the back. These could be designed and printed out on card stock and laminated so they last from year to year.
In this introduction video you can play against Matthew and learn how the game works.
This Fugleflick video will help students brush up on their art vocabulary so they can ask good questions like, Am I a landscape? Sculpture? Still Life? Figure drawing? Abstract?
For the last bit of class we have the ULTIMATE CHALLENGE ROUND. We spin the digital wheel to see which student from each table will come up and play the game before the whole class. It's an elimination game that reveals our guessing strategies to all.
Students will be taking a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago where they will see the permanent collection of art in person. Their collection contains many famous pieces including Edward Hopper's Nighthawks. Unfortunately this is the only peek at Nighthawks they will have on this trip. I just learned that it will be on loan while we visit.
View student pieces here.
Look at how you can take this project one step further by importing the template into DoInk's Green Screen app. You can record a video through the transparent opening in a layer below. Realizing this will open many more possibilities. The only other way I knew how to do something like this was with a custom photo booth effect. But now students can each talk and interact with artwork this way!
Related post: Photobombing Edward Hopper Paintings
UPDATE: Hope you followed along as I live tweeted our field trip. Thank you Mr. Robinson for emailing families this link!
I put together this quick Animoto video, but it doesn't do it justice. Listening to what the kids were sharing and their excitement via our Audioboos is so worth it!
I organized all of our Audioboos into one place so you can listen to them here:
Original post: I am going to try to live tweet our field trip with Audioboo using the hashtag #drydenartic. If all goes as planned you be able to see and hear what we are experiencing in our tweets below.
I'm taking my fourth graders on a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago tomorrow and playing art games with them to prepare. Today we will try a new game I designed modeled after a dinner party theater game called, Connect-a-Concept.
See my post on theater games in art class here.
See a post about the Spect-art-acles game or download our bingo game.
Below is a video describing how we play:
Below you can hear Grace share a thought about the game.
Our fourth graders will be going to the Art Institute of Chicago after spring break.
So, we are creating art and playing games about the art that we will find when we arrive.
Today we played, SPECT-ART-ACLES. This game was developed after I saw a presentation at the national art conference two years ago. The kids love this guessing game. We also have played Art Institute Bingo and Connect-a-Concept to become more familiar with the museum's permanent collect. When we arrive we will go on a scavenger hunt for some paintings in the permanent collection. Learning should be fun!
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