Family Matters: Connecting Kids With Art

[ 1 ] March 9, 2012 |

Visiting an art museum can be magical at any age. Sharing the experience with our kids offers the opportunity to see the world in new ways, engage our senses, share our opinions, and possibly inspire us to make our own art. I have fond childhood memories of visiting the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo with my family. I was mesmerized by Amedeo Modigliani’s portraits, I laughed at Andy Warhol’s Tomato Soup Cans and was intrigued by George Segal plaster life size model of himself with Cinema. I thought walking inside the Lucas Samaras’s Mirrored Room was the coolest place to be. I remember Sunday jazz on the lawn and art workshops for kids. I made art every chance I had.

George Segal Cinema | Albright Knox Art Gallery

I wrote about the new Spencer Finch exhibit at the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design along with ideas on how to engage kids before, during and after viewing art.

Have you seen any cool art exhibits locally in Rhode Island or worthy of a trip with the kiddos? Please share in the comments below.

Read more on GoLocalProv. Every week I share tips on how families can make the most of their family time – including helpful hints that make parenting easier and connecting you to great local happenings.

Category: activities: indoor, crafts, family matters, museums

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. stephanie says:

    Our favorite family-friendly art museum to go to is the De Cordova sculpture museum in Lincoln, MA. Loads of incredible outdoor sculptures to roam through, as well as an indoor museum. Great fun for the kiddos and some “cultchah” for the adults too!

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