Thursday, February 3, 2011

Museum Inspirations

For many years I was fortunate enough to teach Saturday and summer classes at the Toledo Museum of Art. Working with so many children who had a passion for art and had chosen to take the classes was an awesome and fulfilling experience. I also met and collaborated with so many wonderful area art teachers. I truly believe that my years at the museum taught me more than any college course ever could have! Because I worked with small class sizes, we were able to do some pretty cool projects. Here are a few of my favorites.

 This first work of art was inspired by the still life collection. Second and third graders used chalk pastels dipped in white tempera paint. The results were vibrant!

Students were able to visit the African galleries and look at various examples of African textiles. In the classroom they used fabric, ribbon, raffia, and stamps to create the wall hangings.

Butterfield horse inspired by the sculpture infront of the museum

Calder Circus: This project was made in another class by one of the most talented art teachers I know! Lisa had her students use cork, tissue, wire, etc. to recreate Calder's circus. If you look closely you can see the tiger jumping through the ring of fire and the figure on the horse!
Students used foam board and paper mache to create these Egyptian pharaoh faces!


  1. I love that Deborah Butterfield horse picture. I've always wanted to do soemthing with her work.

  2. Dipped in white tempra? I haven't tried it can you give some details?