Let me take a moment to digress to a somewhat related topic. My son Jackson is now almost 22 months and has been learning at an almost exponential pace.
A few weeks ago on a Friday afternoon we went to the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. He was immediately attracted to a hazy glow from a fluorescent tube light installation, pointing and squealing “purple!” He was able to point out the circles in the paintings by Leger and the squares in works by Mondrian and the boxes in the Sol Lewitt mural. And had fun identifying the animals in the pre-columbian vessels (dog, bird, sheep, frog…).
The next day we went to the Danforth Art Museum with our good friend Dianne Zimbabwe. There was a great exhibit of story quilts by Faith Ringgold and prints by John Wilson. Jackson enjoyed learning about the musical instruments in the jazz themed quilts, and singing “Row Row Row Your Boat” while looking at the John Wilson etchings. Jackson also enjoyed the illustrations from Faith Ringgold’s children’s book Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky. Because it has trains, of course!
I am very excited that I can share my art experiences and love of museums with Jackson because they are fantastic opportunities for learning and fun. In his own art, he enjoys drawing circles with the blue and green crayons. Soon, he’ll know all the primary and secondary colors. Next, I’ll figure out a way to use art to help him learn his numbers… oh! Jasper Johns! Excellent!
[Note: Mondrian and Pre-Columbian images reproduced here are NOT from the DMCC collection and are meant only for reference]