Children Learn about Art at the National Gallery of Art

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by Megan Southwood

Published on March 05, 2010

  • The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC is committed to making art accessible to children through film, storytelling, performances and hands-on studio workshops. Through the NGA Kids Program, children from age 6 and up can attend programs aimed at fostering a better understanding of artwork through fun activities.

    Bonnie Tomlinson and her 7 year-old daughter, Gilly (pictured), are regular participants in the Stories in Art program, which follows a storybook familiar to most children and examines how it translates to an actual piece of artwork in the museum galleries. This month the program highlighted an abstract painting by artist Gerhard Richter and the book Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni. After having a chance to discuss the book and view the piece, Gilly and several other children created their own artwork using the same artistic style as Richter.

    All of the NGA Kids programs run on Sunday afternoons. To download the quarterly NGA Kids Program calendar or to find fun on-line games and activities for your little one, check out the NGA Kids website http://www.nga.gov/kids/kids.htm.

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Beautifully done

by Patricia Guerrero knight - March 19, 2010

I not only love the way you wrote up the BIT with so much information while keeping it short, I love the photograph which is striking and illustrates what your program is about. A picture is worth a thousand words… :)

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