A two year old pondering the abstract nature of art that has been created using the mundane ballpoint pen? Yup.
Michelle Friedman, Youth and Family Programs for The Aldrich, and Extreme Draw On! intern, Angela Rountos, encouraged children aged 2 through 10, to dig deep into the meaning and technique of the The Ballpoint Pen Drawing and Robert Longo’s “Capitol Project”, both part of the museum’s Extreme Draw On! program.
After exploring the galleries, learning about the artists along with their medium and missions, the children were led into the Education Center, given an array of materials, and asked to create illustrations inside of books (provided by The Aldrich).
“We try to provide open-ended learning and to get the children to use critical and creative thinking,” explains Friedman.
Mission accomplished. “We’ll be back every month for this event. We love it,” said Aimee Katz of Eastchester, NY, who attended today’s program with her husband and two daughters. “Every second of this program was engaging and interesting,” she added.
Aldrich Education Director, Tracy Moore, reminds families that they need not wait until the Third Saturday events to visit the museum. “Our Education Center is open to all families, all weekend long.”
Read more about Third Saturdays: Family Art Experiences at The Aldrich, here.