Friday, July 11, 2008

Free Day at the Museum

In an effort to increase traffic and get kids into the Orlando Museum of Art, they offer free admission to local residents on Thursday afternoons. They also have an arts & crafts area, the Creative Station, where you pay a buck and get to make something related to a current display.

What's even better is that they have a real commitment to what would be considered children's art, especially in the summer. Last summer it was the art of H.A. Rey (Curious George), this summer William Joyce (Rolie Polie Olie, George Shrinks).


The exhibit was displayed in a large, open room. All of the drawings were hung at child eye-level and grouped by book. Each section had the book available for reading. In the center of the room, beanbag chairs, rocking chairs and more copies of the books were available.


One of the girls favorite pieces was a drawing by Joyce from when he was 5-years-old. It was framed and displayed the same way all the others were. Seeing that piece on display really amped Ali up for the Creative Station. She made a wonderful coloring/collage piece that depicts a well-decorated frog.

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