Looking at Art with Children


Fifth-Floor Painting and Sculpture Galleries I Vincent van Gogh. The Starry Night. 1889 Henri Rousseau. The Sleeping Gypsy. 1897 Henri Matisse. Dance (I). 1909 Pablo Picasso. Three Musicians. 1921 Claude Monet. Water Lilies. 1914–26 Frida Kahlo. Fulang-Chang and I. 1937 (assembled after 1939) Jacob Lawrence. The Migration Series. 1940–41

Fourth-Floor Painting and Sculpture Galleries II Jackson Pollock. One: Number 31, 1950. 1950 Richard Serra. Delineator. 1974–75

Third-Floor Architecture and Design Galleries I Arthur Young. Bell-47D1 Helicopter. 1945

First-Floor Cullman Education and Research Building John Barnard and Ferrari S.p.A. Formula 1 Racing Car (641/2). 1990

Please note, not all artworks are on view at all times.

<!--<img alt="Family" height="200" longdesc=" Families looking closely at the Bell-47D1 Helicopter from MoMA's design collection. Photo: Robin Holland" src="/images/visit/Family.jpg?1418854424" width="493" /><br /> <p><strong>Take a moment to look at the architecture of the Museum building.</strong> Consider: how is the Museum different from other spaces you have been in?</p> <p><strong>Design your visit around a topic or theme,</strong> such as people, places, or things. Look together for works of art within that theme.</p> <p><strong>Ask your children questions while you are looking at the artworks.</strong> Consider: what do you see? What do you see in the art that makes you say that?</p> <p><strong>Look closely!</strong> You can ask your children to name the colors, describe the texture, or list the materials that the artist used. You might play "I Spy" to identify shapes, colors, and objects. Another idea: bring a few squares of different colors or shapes with you, and try to match them with those in different works of art.</p> <p><strong>Encourage your children to use their imaginations.</strong> Consider: what would you see, smell, or hear if you were inside the work of art?</p> <p><strong>Bring paper and a pencil and allow your children to sketch in the galleries.</strong> You might also encourage them to write a story, poem, description, or dialogue inspired by the work of art.</p> <p><strong>Look at the wall label</strong> and <strong>read the title</strong> of the artwork. Consider: does the title match what you think the work is about? What would you name it? Why?</p> <p><strong>Try viewing a work of art from different distances.</strong> Consider: does it look different up close than it did from far away?</p>-->