A Day at the Art Museum – Inspiring Children

A Teacher's Reflections

Art and preschoolers go hand-in-hand.  If I want children to feel excited and inspired by art, it must begin with me.  I recently visited the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire and… oh my!

Let me back up.  I want to talk about real with young children.  This is important. Learning and joy come from playing with real things; tree stumps for building, tools at a workbench, cooking, forging through snow without sleds or shovels, live animals, musical instruments.  When I introduce something real, every child instantly wants to ‘be there’. Art is no exception.

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I was struck by this painting, a view of Mount Washington in 1880, by Gamaliel Beaman. Then I looked closely.  This is what I saw:

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Every brush stroke.  Raised paint.  Light.  Intense color.  I was inches away from a masterpiece.  Real.  

Art.  I need to share all of these real elements…

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7 thoughts on “A Day at the Art Museum – Inspiring Children

        1. If you send me the photo of your Nan I will add it to the story. Then, I will take a photo of one that I have of my Nanny and add it in…showing how our grandmother’s love of art and music changed our lives, and hence we carried their artistic torch onward showing others.

          Paulette Motzko

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